By James, Igiri Michael
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) announced that a total of 1.7 million
candidates registered for the 2017 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).
The examination body said the figure is the highest in its 39-year existence.
In a statement on Sunday, Head, media and publicity, Fabian Benjamin, said that the examination
body had for the first time registered a number that had never been done in the entire 39 years of
its existence, and all of which was achieved within a time frame Nigerians were sceptical of.
“The highest we have ever had was 1.5 million, this is record breaking. We will look at the
system so far and make adjustments where necessary to ensure a full proof process of registration
“We are always sure of our systems and will continue to expand our frontiers of thinking to
transform the Board to an agency that Nigerians will be proud of.
“The disclosure of the actual number of candidates registered is a clear invitation for the public to
know what the Board has realised from the sale for this year and we are not perturbed because we
have nothing to hide in our dealings. We are determined to make Nigerians proud of us.”
JAMB also urged Nigerians to have trust in its processes as they are meant to bring about
productivity, eliminate examination malpractice in the system and promote transparency to a
level that had hitherto eluded the body.
“Examination is all about transparency and an agency that conducts such a competitive
examination must be above board in all its life cycle. As we conduct the 2017 examination
beginning from Saturday May 13, we call on all Nigerians to give us the needed support. We will
do our very best and where they notice challenges, we will work without hesitation to ensure that
it is corrected immediately for candidates to have a smooth examination.
“Nigerians should note that there could be one or two challenges in some centres; but the most
important thing is our ability to urgently address such when they rear their face. We use this
opportunity to call for patriotism.”