Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB 2016: Three States With Highest Number Of Applicants Are Imo, Osun and Oyo States, Imo Has Highest Number Of UTME Candidates 2016
The JAMB Registrar, Prof. Dibu Ojerinde, in a statement issued on Friday disclosed the enrollment statistics of candidates from different states in the country.
Whereas 98,028 candidates from eight northern states and Federal Capital Territory sat for this year’s Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, Imo State had 104,383 candidates, CHARLES ABAH reports
Details of the 2016 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination emerged on Monday with Imo State indigenes topping the list of applicants that sat for the examination.
The state topped the state of origin statistics table with 104,383 (about 6.56 per cent) of the 1,592,305 million candidates that sat for the examination conducted by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board this year.
This comes as only 14,242 candidates from both Kebbi and Zamfara states applied for the examination. Whereas only 5,295 candidates from Zamfara State sat for the examination, 8,947 others from Kebbi State sat for the qualifying examination to the nation’s higher institutions.
The Computer-based examination for entrance to the universities, polytechnics and colleges of education, which held between February 27 and March 23, took place in 540 centres in Nigeria and eight overseas countries.
The countries are Benin Republic, Cameroun, Cote D’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Saudi Arabia, South Africa and the United Kingdom.
Delta State came second on the table with 78,854 candidates (4.95) in the examination in which only 25,445 of the 1,592,305 million candidates applied to study Agriculture.
The third on the table is Anambra State, which produced 77,694 or 4.88 per cent of the candidates.
Imo State, a reliable source in JAMB confided in our correspondent, has remained on top of the table for many years.
In the examination, which only 24,160 Lagos State indigenes sat for, their Osun State counterpart had 72,752 candidates, placing it in the fourth position.
The statistics obtained exclusively by our correspondent also revealed that Oyo State, with 72,298 candidates (4.54 per cent), came fifth, while Enugu State placed sixth with 69,381 candidates or 4.36 per cent.
In the seventh position is Edo State with 66,107 or 4.15 per cent of the candidates, while Ogun State placed eighth with 62,973 candidates.
Ogun State, with over 15 universities and polytechnics, has the highest number of tertiary institutions in the country. It has 10 private universities comprising the Babcock University, Ilishan-Remo; Covenant University, Ota; Bell University, Ota, established by former President Olusegun Obasanjo and the Crawford University, Igbesa.
Others are Chrisland University, Abeokuta; Mountain Top University, Ibafo; Christopher University on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, McPherson University, Seriki-Sotayo; Hallmark University, Ijebu-Itele, and the Crescent University, Abeokuta, founded by the former Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Prince Bola Ajibola.
Akwa Ibom State, which placed ninth, had 62,369 candidates, while Benue State, in the 10th position, led the pack from the 19 states in the North with 60,160 candidates.
Kogi State placed 11th on the rankings with 57,694 candidates, whereas Kwara State, which accommodates the University of Ilorin, had 54,606 candidates.