Ahead of the registration procedures for the 2022 Unified
Tertiary Matriculation Examination, the Joint Admissions
and Matriculation Board has called on the governors of
Niger, Adamawa, Zamfara, Yobe, Taraba, Bayelsa, Jigawa,
Kebbi, Sokoto and the Federal Capital Territory to improve
on the “pitiable statistics” of enrolment in their respective
The board added that the states recorded registration
statistics ranging from 0.01 per cent to 1.4 per cent of
about 1.4 million candidates, who wrote its examinations
in 2021.
The Registrar, JAMB, Prof Ishaq Oloyede, in the weekly
bulletin of the board, which was released on Monday, was
said to have sent a passionate appeal to the states
The bulletin read in part, “As the Joint Admissions and
Matriculation Board prepares to commence the 2022
Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination and Direct Entry
registration, the registrar, Prof Ishaq Oloyede, has sent a
passionate appeal to states with the least enrolment
figures in the 2021 UTME and DE registration to put in
extra efforts to enhance the registration statistics of
candidates from their states.

This will be recalled that the registrar first made this comment during the 2021 policy meeting when he rolled out the statistics for the 2021 UTME/DE registration,

where the list of the 10 states with the least registration
figures (Niger, Adamawa, Taraba and Bayelsa, Jigawa,
Kebbi, Yobe, Sokoto, FCT and Zamfara) was released.
“According to him, these 10 states have registration
statistics ranging from between 0.01 per cent to 1.46 per
cent of the total registration figure of about 1.4 million
candidates nationwide.

“Prof. Oloyede, while addressing a group of stakeholders
in his office on the need for equality in access to
education, urged the governors of these states to do
everything possible to improve on these pitiable statistics.
“The registrar maintained that he was fully aware of the
challenges being faced by these states, especially in
terms of insecurity in most of the states mentioned, but
appealed that education should be one of the channels of
addressing some of these seemingly intractable issues.”

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