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The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has announced plans to open self-service registration outlets in Abuja and Lagos State in order to alleviate overcrowding at certified UTME registration locations.

According to the board, some UTME applicants are internet literate and might register themselves instead of queuing at Computer-Based Tests (CBT) Centers.

In its weekly message on Monday, JAMB indicated that the goal was to improve the digital competency of applicants who may register on their own.

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According to the test organization, the move was also made to increase registration access points in accordance with the federal government’s COVID-19 regulations.

The board expressed trust in the service provider, Bankfort, who informed the board of the tremendous potential of the seamless registration option.

Similarly, JAMB indicated that it expects to pay at least N50 million in additional commission to its financial suppliers.

This followed the implementation of its cashless regime in the 2022 registration process.

According to the bulletin, the board’s Registrar, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, the added financial load is the price the board is willing to pay.

This, according to Oloyede, was in response to the board’s concern over the condition of UTME and Direct Entry (DE) candidates in the hands of shady CBT Center Proprietors.

He said: “The measure would put a stop to other sharp practices that usually follow the payment of direct service charges for registration at these centres.”

He also added that candidates are expected to purchase an e-PIN for N3,500 as subsidized by the federal government, N500 compulsory reading text and a N700 regulated charge for CBT centres.

“All the purchases cost N4,700 as candidates are expected to now pay the regulated N700 charge for CBT centres along with the cost for e-PIN.

“The board would later transmit all accrued entitlements to respective CBT centres on a weekly basis or any timeframe agreeable to respective centres, to curtail all noticeable infractions,” he said

Oloyede also stated that, while the board now spearheads the collection of the N700 service charge on behalf of the centres, it would be taking on an additional responsibility of N25 commission.

He said that the N25 commission amounted to over N50 million in 2021.

Oloyede, however, urged all financial institutions to be involved in the UTME/DE registration to live up to expectation.

According to him, the vendors would be held responsible for any act of misdemeanor or infraction committed by their agents.

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