The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has announced the commencement of registration of candidates for the 2021 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and Direct Entry.

Touchaheart blog reports that JAMB had halted its registration exercise over technical challenges of the National Identification Number (NIN).

But in a statement on Saturday by its spokesperson, Dr Fabian Benjamin, the examination body announced it has restarted the process.

Benjamin said registration for the 2021 UTME had now commenced in full swing as all the issues had been resolved.

“It was only put on hold to resolve the technical hitches. Registration is now in full swing,” he said, adding that some candidates had successfully registered for the examination.

Recall that JAMB had on Thursday through its spokesperson apologised over the delay in the commencement of the registration exercise.

Benjamin had said the delay was caused by some unforeseen circumstances occasioned by its determined effort to have NIN integration.

“To be sure all processes are completed before the commencement, the board didn’t place its advertorial as it has yet to complete the process of a smooth PIN vending and candidate access to the registration app for the 2021 UTME/DE,” he said.

“The advertisement is the surest indication of the beginning of the exercise as it has all the step-by-step process that candidates are required to follow.

“However, this delay is caused by some unforeseen circumstances occasioned by our determined effort to have a NIN integration. This challenge is being resolved and once that is done, all processes shall commence.

“Candidates are, therefore, requested to exercise some patience. The process shall be up and running shortly for our advertisement to be rolled out so that candidates can begin the creation of profiles.”

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