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JAMB introduces new process of purchasing PIN

03/04/2017 08:40

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, has said that eligible candidates for its 2017 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME, can now purchase the pin for registration using the Remita mode. The board said  yesterday the development came on the heels of the reported challenges the candidates faced in an attempt to acquire the pins from NIPOST and designated banks.

The Head of Information of JAMB, Fabian Benjamin, said the board had noted the many headaches of prospective candidates from various parts of the country, including Lagos, adding that candidates had lamented the difficulties involved in obtaining the pins from designated banks on the payment of N5,500 and the subsequent hassles in getting registered.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the registration of candidates for the examination started on March 20. It was also reported that the candidates had described the process as cumbersome and frustrating as they had to queue as early as 2 or 3 a.m. in some cases in banks just to acquire pins. They had also said that often times, they spent the entire day waiting endlessly without results as the bank officials tell them that they could not access the site for the pins.

They also said the development normally forced them to spend almost an entire week trying and that even when they succeeded, they start facing the task of registration at overcrowded centres. According to Mr. Benjamin, candidates are advised not to panic as every eligible candidate desirous of registering will do so before the closing date of April 19.

"We appreciate the fact that the sales of the UTME for 2017 which is hitherto set to last for six weeks has been reduced to one month.

"This was done in the interest of the candidates as it was to ensure that the challenges candidates are going through are resolved," he said.

"To further cushion the effect of these challenges, we have decided to bring the Remitta mode on board. "Candidates can now purchase the pin for registration from the comfort of their homes.

"So, aside the banks and NIPOST, candidates can now purchase the pins through Remita," Mr. Benjamin said in a statement.

Source - NAN

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