The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board has expressed confidence that the 2019 registration of candidates for its UTME will be a huge success .JAMB spokesman , Fabian Benjamin , told the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday in Lagos that the process has commenced nationwide .
“ Today alone, I will say that the registration of candidates in Abuja , for instance , witnessed a massive turnout . It is as if the registration wanted to end today and I think it is a good beginning .
“ We are anticipating a smooth exercise from the start to the finish , as we have put all the necessary things in place to achieve that .
“ However , that is not to say that there will not be some small technical issues in some centres in different parts of the country , being the first day of the registration .
“ We took all that into consideration and that is why we have our technical experts fully on ground in each of these centres to immediately tackle them .
“ We are confident that as we progress , the process will get better and better , ” he said .
NAN correspondent that visited the WAEC International Office , one of the accredited centres , reports that there was a low turnout of candidates for the registration .
One of the candidates at the centre , Itohowo Okin , told NAN that he got to the centre as early as 9 : 00 a . m . but was unable to register because of technical hitches .
Okin said he was advised by some of the officials at the centre to go home and return the next day .
Samuel Okon – Akpan , also a prospective candidate , told NAN that he also went through the same experience as Okin but that he was optimistic the exercise would turn out smooth .
“ I know this is just the first day of registration and I am not really surprised at this development .
“ I am sure that JAMB has done its home work well before embarking on this and so I am hopeful that the whole process concerning this examination will be a huge success , ” he said .
Oladele Olakusibe , also told NAN that she was confident of a smooth exercise by JAMB as the acquisition of her e – pin for the registration was seemless .
Meanwhile , a source at the centre , who preferred anonymity , said that the centre was fully ready for all the processes of the examination .
“ We are actually fully prepared for not just the registration , but the mock and the examination proper .
“ The computers and the back ups are in good form and we are good to go .
“ However , today being the first day of registration , we have been witnessing some technical hitches and as a result , we have succeeded in registering just two candidates .
“ These things are , however , not entirely new with processes such as this but again, thankfully we have technical experts who are already ensuring that they are tackled in no time .
“ There are usually teething challenges that are usually associated with early registration but of course in no time everything will turn out well , ” the source said .
According to the source , the WAEC International Office has also launched its new CBT centre in Benin , Edo , with the kick off of the 2019 registration .
The source noted that the centre was equipped with 660 computers with back ups , as well as other class facilities .
( NAN )
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