Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, JAMB Advises Candidates To Avoid Illegal Registration Centres.
– The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), in Plateau state has advised candidates for the 2018 UTME to register at approved CBT centres
– Coordinator of JAMB in the state, Paul Darius, said it is important to warn candidates because many have been defrauded in the past
– He said there are over 21 Computer Base Test (CBT) centres across the state
The Plateau state coordinator of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, Paul Darius, has advised candidates registering for the 2018 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) to do so at approved CBT centres.
Darius told NAN on Tuesday, January 23, in Jos that the advice was necessitated by the experience of many candidates who had fallen victims of fraudsters.
NAIJ.com gathered that Darius disclosed that many candidates have been exploited financially by some operators of cybercafes not approved by the board.
He explained: “The cost for registration is N6,200 but a candidate was ignorantly made to pay N8,000 at one of the illegal centres but thank God we caught the boy and handed him over to Civil Defense official.”
Darius said there are over 21 Computer Base Test (CBT) centres across the state to make the registration process accessible and easy for candidates.
He lamented: “We really don’t know why candidates will leave the closest centres to them and come all the way to JAMB office; when they can just walk into the centres and get registered within five to six minutes.”
The coordinator said that the approved list of centres for the registration had been pasted on its notice boards and the official website in order to decongest its offices of the deluge of candidates.
Darius enjoined candidates to use the CBT centres closest to them and desist from patronising illegal business centres for registration.
However, some of the candidates at the JAMB office have expressed frustration at the hiccups associated with the registration process.
Noro Zang, a candidate, said that she had left home as early as 5am, but was delayed at the bank as a result of network problem.
Another candidate, Kuru Dampur, said he was not aware that JAMB had any other CBT centre for jamb registration in Jos.
He said: “I think the problem is that JAMB office in Jos is too small, the crowd is huge and the space is just too small to manage the crowd.”
Dampur, however, appealed to the state government to make provision for a befitting office space for JAMB.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) commenced its nationwide registration for the 2018 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) in over 700 centres.
The board’s registrar, Prof Ishaq Oloyede, in his advice to prospective candidates, warned that while they should beware of fraudulent operators, the date for registration would not be extended, adding that the application fee remained N5,000.