The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has extended registration for its annual Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination by two weeks.
The UTME is also now expected to hold from June 19 to July 3.
It was initially to hold between June 5 and 19.
The UTME is a computer-based standardised examination for prospective undergraduates in Nigeria.
JAMB Registrar, Professor Ishaq Oloyede, had raised the possibility of the extension earlier on Friday during a virtual meeting with UTME committee members.
He cited, for the extension, the inability of at least 600,000 candidates to register for the examination despite indicating interest.
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About 1.1 million candidates have already registered for the examination, according to JAMB.
“There is a need to give everyone the opportunity,” Professor Oloyede said on Friday.
The examination body had mandated candidates to have a National Identification Number (NIN) to be able to register for the examination.
Critics have described the NIN requirement as an unnecessary additional burden.
Registration for the NIN has been a nightmare for many Nigerians after the Federal Government mandated its use for access to telecommunication services.
In a press conference on Saturday, Prof Oloyede said JAMB expects that the two-week extension will provide more candidates an opportunity to register for the examination.
The decision to extend, he said, was the outcome of a two-day stakeholders’ meeting of the body’s board in Abuja.
FG Establishes 2 New Universities Of Technology, Upgrade 4 Others
The Federal Government has approved a take-off grant of N18billion for the establishment of new universities of technology and health sciences in 2021.
The Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu who made this disclosure in Abuja on Monday noted that the universities of technology will be located at Jigawa and Akwa Ibom States, while the universities of health sciences will be established in Azare, Bauchi State and Ila Orangun, Osun State respectively.
He said that the approval was to fulfill the pledge made by President Mohamnadu Buhari to establish an apex National Institute of Technology (NIT) in Abuja with six satellite Universities of Technology, one in each of thr six geo-political zones of the country.
Malam Adamu who was represented by the permanent secretary, Arc. Sonny Ochono, said the new Universities of Technology will be established in 2021 while the upgrade of the existing four Universities of Technology and the National Institute of Technology will come on stream next year.
He said, “After a comprehensive review of the policy by key stakeholders in the education sector, it was resolved that the four (Anos) existing Universities of
Technology located in Yola (North East), Akure (South West), Owerri (South East) and Minna (North Central) be upgraded and equipped while two (2nos) additional Universities of Technology to be located in Jigawa and Akwa Ibom States, would be established for the purpose.
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“Similarly, a National Institute of Technology (NIT) shall be established in Abuja. The Institute shall be patterned after similar institutions in Singapore and Malaysia to serve essentially as a postgraduate centre devoted to research and innovation, drawing the best graduates from the six (6nos) Universities of Technology, as well as other exceptional graduates from reputable universities within and outside Nigeria.
“I am pleased to inform you that President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the phased development programme, compelled by our lean resources.
Accordingly the two new Universities of Technology will be established in 2021 while the upgrade of the existing 4 Universities of Technology and the National Institute of Technology will come on stream next year.
“With the recent establishment of the only Federal Government owned University of Health Sciences, Otukpo in Benue State and the huge gap in Doctor-patient ratio as well as in medical research and production of pharmaceutical products, Government recognized the compelling need to establish two (2nos) other specialized universities in Health, Nutrition and Medical Sciences to be located at Azare, Bauchi State and Ila Orangun, Osun State.
“These shall lay a solid foundation for building national preparedness and resilience in anticipation of future challenges in the health sector while reducing medical tourism to countries like India, UAE,Egypt, Europe and the USA.
“To ensure early take-off of these institutions, Mr President approved a take-off grant of N4 Billion each for the Universities of Technology and N5 billion each for the Universities of Health Science from the funding Resources of Tetfund,” he added.
NYSC will not be scrapped, Reps Insist
The Chairman House Committee on Youth Development, Mr Yemi Adaramodu has given assurance that the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme would not be scrapped.
Adaramodu gave the assurance at the unveiling of nine books on NYSC and a maiden NYSC film to commemorate the 48th anniversary of the scheme in Abuja on Thursday, NAN reports.
He said that sponsoring a bill on scraping the scheme should not rattle the agency because any member has the right to sponsor bill at the National Assembly.
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“But the Speaker, the rest of us, the leadership of the house believe in the scheme and the scheme has come to stay in Nigeria.
“So the scheme is going nowhere, nobody is scrapping it.
“I want to tell you that we are behind you, we are with you, we are for you, once you see us here, you should know that we are together and we are fully with you.
“Mr Speaker even said that I should felicitate the D-G and his team for this task and that he is very interested in getting the books,” Adaramodu said.
Prof. Okpeh Okpeh, President, Historical Society of Nigeria, while reviewing the books, said that he particularly liked the one titled ‘NYSC (1973-2020): Emergence, Growth and Development.’
He said that this was because even with the poor reading culture of Nigerians, the pictures that accompanied the write up were sure to attract people and encourage them to read.
Okpeh said that the scheme might not be putting money in the coffers of the Federal Government but the national integration it fosters can not be over emphasised.
Makinde Increases Corps Members’ Allowance From N5,000 To N15,000 Monthly In Oyo
Governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde has announced the increament of monthly allowance of National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members serving in the state from N5,000 to N15,000.
The governor made this known on Thursday during his visit to the NYSC camp at Iseyin in Oyo State, and this put the corp members in a jubilant mood as seen in a video.
Makinde later announced on his Twitter handle, saying: “We visited the NYSC Permanent Orientation Camp at Iseyin this evening. I assured the youth corps members that we would address the issues raised by the Commandant about the state of the camp. I also told them we would increase their allowance from N5,000 to N15,000.
“I also shared with them how it was during my national youth service in Port Harcourt that I got a job and met and married my lovely wife, @iamominini. So, I am an example of how the national youth service could foster national integration. I wished them the best for the future.”
Makinde in 2019 increased the monthly allowance of corps members from N4, 000 to N5, 000, during an induction programme organised for the 2019 Batch ‘B’ Streams I & II corps members posted to the state civil service.
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