JAMB: No biometrics, no 2018 UTME – Board warns

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, on Sunday announced that biometrics is compulsory for all candidates writing the ongoing Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination.

The board’s Head, Media and Information Department, Dr. Fabian Benjamin, who disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday, said any candidate that cannot be identified through biometrics will be barred from writing.

“We want to clearly state here that any candidate who cannot be identified using biometrics will not be allowed to sit for this examination.

“So far, over 450,000 candidates have sat for the examination and we have had reported cases where some of the candidates could not be identified as they placed their fingers on the machines for identification.

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“Candidates sitting for this examination are not to be identified by mere registration numbers or names, but through the machines.

“We know that at the point of registration for this examination, candidates’ details were captured with live photographs as well as their fingerprints.

“So, while going for the examination, it is only expected that candidates should be screened and identified using biometrics.

“This method should be able to call up candidates’ identity and so, there is no way a candidate will just come and mention his name and registration number and be allowed in without going through the right process,” he said.

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Benjamin said the measure was to ensure the eligibility of candidates and reduce cases of impersonation.

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