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JAMB begins 2021 UTME registration April 18, exam June 5

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JAMB registrar, Prof Ishaq Oloyede

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board has announced April 18 to May as dates for candidates to register for the 2021 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

It has also fixed June 5 to June 19 for the examination proper.

JAMB spokesman, Fabian Benjamin, on Wednesday said all candidates must provide their National Identity Number (NIN) at the point of registration.

“This is mandatory for participation in the 2021 registration exercise,” he said.

“Registration will take place in 700 centres across the country; the list is available in all the state offices of JAMB and on its website at www.jamb.gov.ng.

“The approved schedule for registration and examination are that registration exercise will start on Thursday, April 8 and end on Saturday, May 15, 2021.

“Candidates are also to note that the registration for Direct Entry applicants will run concurrently with that of UTME candidates.

“There will be no extension of time for the sale of the UTME or DE application documents.

“Mock examination will be held on Friday, April 30 for those who indicate interest and are registered before April 24.

“UTME will hold from Saturday, June 5 to Saturday, June 19, 2021.”

The statement added that venues of the examination would be at any of the centres in the candidate’s chosen examination town.

It added that the registration fee for the 2021 application documents remained N3,500 and N500 for recommended reading text.

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UTME: JAMB cancels registrations of 817 candidates

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JAMB registrar, Professor Ishaq Oloyede

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has cancelled the registrations of 817 candidates in the 2023 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

The cancellation affected 178 Computer Based Test (CBT).

Registrar of JAMB, Prof Is-haq Oloyede made this known on Tuesday after separate meetings with stakeholders in Abuja.

Oloyede said the registrations were invalidated over identified infractions bordering on use of strange biometric fingerprints in the registration process.
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While saying some registration officers in the affected 178 CBT centres added one of their fingerprints to complete the registration process for the candidates, Oloyede, however, said the 817 students would be given another opportunity to re-register for the exam with the centres bearing the cost.

He said: “For the students who allowed other people to add their fingers to their registration procedure. We found that some of them were only naive, because you will hear them saying my finger was hot, and the man added his own. And you allowed him to add his own?

“Some of them did it deliberately for impersonation but we can’t identify those who are genuine from those who are not genuine. We will cancel all of them. All the registrations and we will ask them to re-register.

“The centres involved, we have just met with them, and they all confessed, nobody is disputing it, even students that were telling lies, they know we have the technology that won’t allow any lie to be accommodated.

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FEC approves N4bn for construction of Uniosun senate building, others

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Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved about N4 billion for the execution of three projects across the nation.

The projects according to the Minister of Education,Adamu Adamu include the construction of Senate Buildings in Osun State University, Osogbo and Federal University, Lokoja, as well as erection of radio antenna for the National Commission for Nomadic Education.

The Minister disclosed this when he briefed State House correspondents on the outcome of the Council meeting chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday in Abuja.

He gave the breakdown of the approval for construction of the Senate Building in Osun State University, Osogbo, at a cost of N2,134,686,307.88 billion with the completion period of 76 weeks awarded to WAZLAF Engineering Limited.

The second one, according to him, is the contruction of another Senate Building at the Federal University, Lokoja, at the cost of N1,607,471,754.77 billion with a completion period of 50 weeks.

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He said N336,745, 631.70 was also approved for the erection of radio antenna for the National Commission for Nomadic Education –50 kilowatt AM radio, awarded to ECALPEMOS Technologies Limited, with a completion period of 14 weeks.

The last memo approved was for the takeover of David Umahi University of Medical Sciences, Ebonyi, by the Federal Government.

“What we brought in the memo is for Council to ratify the agreement that has been entered between the Ebonyi State government and the Federal Government.

“And then to approve the renaming of the university from David Umahi University of Medical Sciences to David Umahi Federal University of Health Sciences.

“And to approve a draft bill,which has been written,and then to approve the transmittal of this bill to the National Assembly for enactment into an Act.

“This brought the total approval for the four memoranda presented by the minister of education to the Council to N4,078,903,692 billion.”

Also,the council approved a memorandum presented by the Minister of Industry,Trade and Investment,Chief Niyi Adebayo, on behalf of the Oil and Gas Free Zones Authority, a parastatal under the ministry.

The minister disclosed that the council approved N1.8 billion for the construction of a Package Sewage System (PSS) for the authority’s head office within the Liberty Free Zone in Akwa Ibom,with the completion period of 10 months,without variation.

The minister said that as part of the responsibility of regulating and attracting Foreign Direct Investments (FDI) into the country, the ministry was supervising certain oil and gas free zones in the country.

According to him,one of the free zones is the Liberty Free Zone in Ikot Abasi,Akwa Ibom.

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Transportation challenges: UNILORIN okays virtual lectures for large classes

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The University of Ilorin has announced the commencement of virtual lectures for large classes as part of measures to address transportation challenges facing both students and lecturers.

Already, it said on Monday that the university had assigned 500 user accounts of 300-capacity zoom licences to various faculties and departments for the immediate commencement of virtual classes.

A statement issued on Monday by Unilorin spokesman, Kunle Akogun, stated that the virtual classes would run simultaneously with physical classes.

The statement read in part, “About 500 user accounts of 300 capacity zoom licences have been assigned to faculties and departments for effective virtual delivery of lectures.

“We have also developed virtual class schedule for courses with class sizes of about 1000, 3000, and 5000 students, using the large capacity zoom licences.

“Physical delivery of lectures/practical sessions in classrooms/laboratories is very important and should be consciously sustained.”

According to him, in the wake of the transportation challenges facing the students and staff of the university, the management rolled out several measures to mitigate the effect of the unfortunate situation on the students in particular.

“These included the directive to the Time-Table and Room Usages Committee to adjust lecture time-table to make it more flexible.

“The management also renewed the university’s zoom licences to activate the virtual lecture option,” he said.

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