Kuni Tyessi in Abuja
The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) will begin the sale of its 2017 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME) admission forms on March 20 while the expected closing date is April 19, 2017.

Also, the examinations have been scheduled for between May 6 and 20, excluding May 12 to allow candidates write Further Mathematics examination for the West African Examinations Council (WAEC).

The Registrar/Chief Executive of JAMB, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, who made the announcement on the Boards’ twitter handle, emphasised that candidates are expected to pay N5, 500 for the registration package which includes registration fees, reading text, syllabus and brochure.

“UTME 2017 examinations start from May 6 to 20, 2017 (excluding May 12, 2017 because of candidates sitting for WAEC’s Further Mathematics examination). Sale of forms ends on April 19, 2017, while the registration portal closes on April 22, 2017. For direct entry candidates, the application will be on sale from April 23, 2017,” he said.
JAMB had earlier announced the conclusion of all restructuring and reforms, and is now set to commence the sale of its application document in March.

Also in February, JAMB had announced that it had completed a joint timetable with WAEC and National Examination Council (NECO) to avoid clashing examination dates.
The restructuring exercise, it had said, would allow for only one choice of public university in which new registration platform will now be first choice, second choice, third choice and fourth choice and not most preferred, preferred choice.

The spokesperson of JAMB, Dr. Fabian Benjamin, had said the agency had taken time to add value to the services it has been offering to Nigerians for over three decades.
According to him, the restructuring was aimed at expanding the opportunities available to candidates since almost all the public universities do not consider candidates on the second choice list because they hardly exhaust their first choice.

He said: “We have designed a Central Admissions Processing System where JAMB will interface with the institutions and ensure the compliance of this reform. The summary is that no candidate will be admitted with awaiting result. Candidates and their parents are also to note that JAMB has restructured the registration platform to allow for only one choice of public university. The new registration platform will now be first choice, second choice, third choice and fourth choice and not most preferred, preferred among others as it was.

“Candidates’ first choice can be a College, University, Innovative Enterprises Institutions or Polytechnic/Monotechnic. However, if a candidate makes a public university his first choice, he will not have any public university to choose for second, third and fourth choice. He will have on the remaining three choices, a College, Polytechnic, private university and IEI’S. However, candidates for the 2017 UTME can now select National Certificate in Education (College) or National Diploma (Polytechnic/Monotechnic) as their first choice up to third choice and the fourth IEI. They can select the IEI (Innovative Enterprise Institution, ND) as their first choice up to the fourth choice, but can only pick a public university once.”

While insisting that the registration of 2017 UTME will go side by side with the Direct Entry, and during registration, candidates’ 10 fingers would be captured using Biometric Verification Machine.
Benjamin also warned candidates that no cyber café would be registering candidates for the UTME.