UTME admission exams begin nationwide

Temitope Mustapha, Abuja


Admission examinations into all levels of tertiary institutions otherwise known as the Unified Tertiary Matriculation exams, UTME for Year 2018 has commenced in Nigeria.

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, who is saddled with the responsibility of conducting the exams in Nigeria said a total of one million six hundred and sixty two thousand, seven hundred and sixty-two candidates registered for the 2018 exams.

The exams which is scheduled to hold in six hundred and five centers across the nation commenced at 15:00 GMT from 9th of March till 19th of march 2018.

The Registrar of the board, Professor Ishaq Oloyede, said the board recorded a drop in the number of candidates for this Year’s Unified Tertiary Matriculation exams.

“Findings revealed that the drop in the number of candidates for year’s  UTME and this is largely due to measures put in place by the Board to forestall multiple registrations and unwholesome registration practices by candidates,” he said.

Professor Oloyede disclosed that a total of three hundred and sixty seven visually impaired candidates registered for this year’s exams as against the two hundred and one last year.

In 2018 UTME Application Statistics provided by the board, Imo state came first among the first top ten applications by state of origin of candidates with 92,890 applications.

“Oyo state 86,695,Osun states 86,044,Ogun state 80,371, Delta state 80,052,Anambra 72,747, Edo state 66,437, Kaduna state 65,881,Kano 64,723,Ondo 63,894.”

The table further shows the total number of Ten lowest applications made by State of Origin .

“24,839 candidates applied from Bauchi state, Taraba 22,323,Adamawa 22,184,Bayelsa 19388,Jigawa 18334,Yobe 15502, Kebbi 15319, sokoto 13,456, Zamfara 10,077,FCT 6,418.”

He warned that there will be no rescheduling of  any examination, adding that candidates should  adhere strictly to the date and time allocated to them for the examination as any candidate who fails to turn up on schedule for his/her examination automatically misses the examination.

Professor Oloyede gave his assurance that all necessary measures have been put in place for the success of the present matriculation examinations.

In his words: “Every machinery have been put in place to ensure a smooth conduct,” he said.