The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has approved four computer centres in Nasarawa State for registration of candidates for the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).
Shehu Salihu, the Nasarawa State Administrative Officer of the board, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Lafia that the approved centres were to save the candidates from fraudsters.
He listed the centres as Ejade Computer Training Institute New-Nyanya, Bingham University in Karu, Federal University in Lafia and Federal Polytechnic in Nasarawa.
He advised prospective candidates against using other cyber cafes to register, pointing out that only the four centres and JAMB office in Lafia were approved for that purpose.
“Any candidate who defies this instruction and registers elsewhere will have themselves to blame in case of any problem”, he warned.
According to him, the approved centres were to ensure the genuineness of every candidate’s registration.
He said that the 2019 UTME examination would be purely computer-based and warned that operators of cyber cafes that duped candidates would face the full wrath of the law.
He said the board would work in collaboration with security agencies to curtail illegal activities of cyber cafes.
Salihu said that under the new regime, special candidates such as the visually impaired would be allowed five hours for their examinations against three hours in the past.
Some of the candidates, who turned up for registration at the JAMB office in Lafia, however, told NAN that they were encountering difficulties in registering.
They called for reversal to the old mode of registration, which they said was not cumbersome.
Shedrack Wudi, who had just registered, told NAN that he had been trying to get registered in the past one week, but only got lucky on Thursday.
He said this was because the approved centres were not enough to handle the stream of candidates and demanded that other cyber cafes should be accredited and allowed to register candidates