BY MARYAM ABDULLAHI

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The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board(JAMB) says it has fixed August 6 for the 18,000 candidates who missed the UTME to retake the examination.

Fabian Benjamin, JAMB spokesperson, broke the news in a statement in Abuja on Thursday.

Benjamin said the examination will be conducted in selected areas across the country.

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According to him, the candidates writing the examination are being notified through both text messages on their designated phone numbers and their JAMB profiles.

He also urged the affected candidates to print fresh examination notification slips from JAMB’s website, which contain details of the venue and time — beginning from August 1.

“Following a detailed investigation and careful analysis of the highly-successful 2021 UTME, and with due consultation (resulting in gracious concession) with the National Examination Council (NECO) concerning the timetable of the council’s ongoing SSCE, JAMB has scheduled a Mop-up UTME for Friday, 6th August 2021, in some selected locations across the nation,” the statement read.

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“About 18,000 candidates slated for the examination are being notified through both text messages on their designated phone numbers and their JAMB profiles.

“In addition, the candidate can check using their registration number on http://www.jamb.gov.ng/2021mopup.

The board also stressed that candidates whose results have been duly released will not be rescheduled for another examination.

“Candidates who could not be initially scheduled for examination owing to their inability to timely procure and supply their mandatory NINs or profile codes until after the close of the registration exercise and, therefore, had to purchase Bank Drafts ( as against the usual vending of PINs) after the scheduled period for the examination and were later registered,” it added.

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“Few candidates who encountered peculiar biometric verification problem, or who failed biometric verification on the examination date ( and were recaptured) but were not allowed to partake in the examination.

“Adequate screening arrangements have been made to reverify such claims and any candidate found to be involved in any form of impersonation will be identified for prosecution.

“Candidates who were unable to sit for the UTME owing to the clash of timetables of the UTME and the then ongoing NABTEB examinations and whose particulars have been verified and supplied directly to JAMB by NABTEB.

“Candidates who have been ascertained by JAMB to have experienced genuine rescheduling/technical problems as was the case in 30 of the 760 centres used for the examination.”

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