Registration was previously scheduled to begin Thursday and run through Saturday, May 15, while the UTME exam will be held June 5-19.

Sun News reports that the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has put on hold the start of the sale of registration forms to candidates interested in taking 2021 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

Registration was previously scheduled to begin Thursday and run through Saturday, May 15, while the UTME exam runs June 5-19.

JAMB spokesman Fabian Benjamin confirmed the development to journalists in a statement in Abuja yesterday. He said the change was caused by some unforeseen circumstances brought about by the agency’s determined efforts to integrate a National Identification Number (NIN).

He said, “This challenge is being resolved and once that is done, all processes will commence. Candidates are therefore asked to exercise some patience.”

He said JAMB deliberately refused to announce the start of the registration exercise through newspaper advertisements because the processes for smooth pin sales and access of candidates to the registration application for the 2021 UTME/Direct Entry were yet to be completed.

“The advertisement is the surest indication of the start of the exercise as it contains the entire step-by-step process that candidates have to follow,” he said.