Imo records highest number of candidates seeking admission in five years, says JAMB
• Establishes Zonal Office In Owerri
• Okorocha Donates Bus, Land
Imo applicants have taken the lead among the candidates seeking admission into tertiary institutions in the country through the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), consistently in the last five years, the Registrar/Chief Executive of the board, Prof. Is-haq O. Oloyede, has disclosed
Oloyede, who disclosed this on Thursday when he visited Governor Rochas Okorocha at the Government House, Owerri on Thursday, stated that for the five years under review (2012- 2016), indicated that Imo State has remained on top.
Meanwhile, the governor at the occasion donated a bus and handed over certificate of occupancy (C of O), to the registrar, for the take-off of the newly established zonal office of the board in Owerri.
He disclosed that they were in the state to hold a five- day second Technical Committee on the 2016 Admissions Exercise at the Alvan Ikoku Federal College of Education Owerri, disclosing that in “2012, Imo State had a total of One hundred and Twenty-three thousand, eight hundred and Sixty-five (123,865) applications – 0eight thousand, eight hundred and seventy-six (88,876).”
In 2013, he recalled that the state recorded one hundred and thirty-four thousand, six hundred and ten applications, (134,610), while Delta State came second with one hundred and one thousand, six hundred and ten (101,610) applications
In 2014, Imo state, he said, had “One hundred and eighteen thousand, eight hundred and nine (118,809)applications, whereas, Delta State had eighty-seven thousand, one hundred and fifty-three (87,153) applications to maintain the second position.”
Oloyede, explained that in 2015, Imo State recorded One hundred and four thousand, three hundred and eighty-two applications (104,382) to occupy the 1st Position, while Delta State also maintained the 2nd Position with Seventy-eight thousand, eight hundred and Fifty-six (78,856) applications, and in 2016, Imo State recorded One hundred and four thousand, three hundred and eighty-three (104,383), applicants followed by Delta State with Seventy-eight thousand, eight hundred and fifty-four (78,854) candidates who applied for admissions, describing Imo’s consistency as ‘unbeatable’.
Oloyede regretted that despite all the feat, Imo State had only three universities while Ogun and Osun states have 14 and 8 respectively, noting that it was evident that Imo state does not have the number of universities to accommodate its numerous candidates.