The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, has announced an extension to its 2023 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME, registration to Wednesday, February 22, 2023.

The board, in a statement by its Head of Public Affairs and Protocol, Dr Fabian Benjamin, on Wednesday, said the exercise which was due to end on Wednesday, 15th February, 2023, will now be extended by one week.

It noted that by this extension, the sale of ePINs would end on Monday, 20th February, 2023, while the UTME registration ends on Wednesday, 22nd February, 2023.

JAMB had, in line with its 2023 schedule of activities, set the closing date for the sale of both the ePINs and the 2023 UTME application documents for Tuesday, 14th February, 2023.

“At the close of the sale of ePINs on Tuesday, 14th February, 2023, 1,527,068 candidates had successfully registered for the 2023 UTME exercise inclusive of the 168,748, who indicated their interest to take the Mock-UTME.

“It should also be noted that the Board, based on its projections, had expanded its capacity to register up to a hundred thousand candidates per day. With this, it was possible to register all desiring candidates within the space of a few days.

“However, less than fifty thousand candidates were turning up for registration which is less than the installed registration capacity. Surprisingly, in the last two days before the closing date, the pace picked up remarkably with over a hundred thousand candidates registering on a daily basis.

“Furthermore, the Board, as a responsive and proactive agency, took cognisance of the reports from across the country indicating some difficulties being faced by many Nigerians in using their electronic channels to purchase the ePINs or obtain cash readily within the stipulated period.

“It has, as a consequence, granted this extension to ensure that all candidates who desire to register for the 2023 UTME are given the opportunity to do so especially when the extant challenges are not of their own making,” the statement said.