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The 2023 Registration Monitoring Team of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), led by its Registrar, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, was in Kano State earlier this week, where it apprehended the registration officers of some approved Computer-Based Test (CBT) Centres for registration violations.
In one case, a corps member working at the Federal College of Education, Kano, and employed by the College PTDF-ICT CBT Centre, as well as a graduate of Engineering who also works at the Centre, were apprehended after using one of their fingers to make up the missing digit in the registrations of some candidates.
The team caught four other registration officers at the Butale Information Technology CBT Centre.
All arrested registration officials would be investigated thoroughly and brought to justice per the applicable identity theft legislation.
The team was in Lagos earlier to keep an eye on the registration process there. In Lagos, the team told four ePIN vendors to stop working immediately because they were extorting innocent candidates taking part in the nationwide 2023 UTME registration exercise.
Despite JAMB’s permitted fee of N5,700, one of the e-pin vendors was suspended for charging N7,800 for registration forms.
The Registrar said that what these vendors did was very bad, especially since one of the major and well-known banks was involved.
Prof. Oloyede told people who wanted to take the 2023 UTME that the registration fee is still N6,700 with Mock-UTME and N5,700 without it.
The Registrar says these fees cover everything, so candidates don’t have to pay anything extra at any CBT centres.
He said the Board would keep watching the exercise in person and from afar.
He asked all Nigerians to tell the Board or security agencies about any illegal activities, like if a vendor asked them to pay more than the required fee or if a centre asked for money before registering candidates.
Candidates are also asked to be aware of the rules for registration that say their fingerprints must be taken for biometric verification.
They should know that any extra movement of any other finger by other people could hurt their chances of taking the test and make them part of an identity theft ring.
If capturing any of a candidate’s fingers becomes difficult, the requisite registration official is to transmit the relevant resort to the National Headquarters in Abuja.
The Board also said it would work with the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) and other relevant agencies to keep an eye on the registration process all over the country. This is to make sure that Nigerians who want to take part in the process are not taken advantage of, frustrated, or tricked into changing their data.