The Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board (JAMB) has said arrangements have been concluded to commence the sale of 2021/2022 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and Direct Entry (DE) registration forms.
JAMB made the disclosure in its Vol. 2 (No.15) weekly bulletin of the office of the Board Registrar. The bulletin was also made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Abuja.
According to JAMB, the official dates for the commencement of the sale of registration forms and the conduct of the examinations would be announced before March 24 2021.
The Board stated that what caused delay in 2021 exercise was COVID-19 pandemic.
Therefore, they warned that any ongoing sale of forms and registration was fraudulent and has nothing to do with JAMB.
“This year’s exercise, unlike the previous years, is peculiar because of the series of disruptions to virtually all aspects of public life occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It is with this extant reality in mind that the delay is being experienced, with the board embarking on series of strategic adjustments, aimed at ensuring that academic activities are not unduly impacted.
“The public is to note that the 2021 UTME/DE application forms are not yet on sale. Anybody advertising anything to the contrary is a fraudster,” it warned.
The Board, while reiterating its commitment to ensure sanity in the exercise, said that it had apprehended one Mr Okogu Ambrose for illegally registering candidates.
Ambrose was caught after collecting money from candidates in the name of registering them for the yet to commence 2021/2022 UTME exercise.
“Ambrose is a serial offender, who was arrested in 2020 for extorting money for which he had no authority to execute.
“The board would, however, ensure that relevant security agencies prosecute Ambrose with the hope that he does not escape the long arm of the law this time,” it said.
The board also called on to all and sundry to support its fight against bad eggs in the society, who were bent on destroying education were made to face the full wrath of the law.
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