The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has postponed the commencement of registration for its 2021 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and Direct Entry (DE).


Fabian Benjamin, the board’s head of public affairs, broke the news to TheCable Lifestyle on Thursday.

He said the initial commencement date of April 8, which it had earlier fixed, was no longer possible due to some hitches.

Benjamin said the delay was caused by some unforeseen situations occasioned by its resolve to integrate the national identity number (NIN) as a compulsory requirement for enrollment.


According to him, the board will put up an advertisement to inform its candidates once procedures commence.

“We may start tomorrow or any moment from now. It’s just some little hitches. We have not advertised anything. Some people have done it but it’s not going smoothly as planned,” the JAMB spokesman said.

“It was supposed to start on April 8 but we have not finished our integration of the NIN.”


Ahead of the board’s 2021 UTME, Benjamin had earlier stated that “all admissions in the nation’s tertiary institutions for the 2020/2021 academic session would end by June 15.”

The decision, he said, had been reached after a virtual meeting with heads of tertiary institutions in the country.

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