By James Ibechi
Despite the difficulty candidates for the 2017 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) have been encountering which has stalled registration in Benue state in particular and across the country in general, the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has said that it will not extend registration deadline.
Dr Fabian Benjamin, Head of Public Relations JAMB, who made this known on Monday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Bwari, FCT, said the board had so far registered far registered 600, 000.
He said that JAMB was not going to extend the registration period, adding that before deadline every candidate will register.
The spokesman said that measures were on ground to ensure the regulated platform could help candidates to get registered before the end of the month and to prevent irregularities in registration.
Benjamin observed that some applicants were seeking extension of the UTME registration deadline due to irregularities in the ongoing registration process.
According to him, it is wrong for any person to also think that there is inadequacy in the number of centres stipulated to register candidates for the UTME.
“We have already registered 600, 000 candidates since sales of form began March 20, how can there be inadequate centres or lack of manpower, when we have more than 400 centres.
“There is no such delay as alleged by some candidates, the issue here is that plenty people are registering for the UTME at the same time.
“The internet is working, if it is not working how then we arrived at the total of 600, 000 that have so far been duly registered.
“Large numbers of applicants seeking to register for UTME go to the Banks allocated for the exercise that is why there seem to be some form of delays and irregularities.
“Before we used three banks and now it is 15 banks because the period is short, but we are not going to extend the registration period, before deadline every candidate will register,” he said.