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Over 160,617 candidates write 2021 mock UTME, NECO gets Acting Registrar

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No fewer than 160,617 candidates sat for the 2021 mock Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), yesterday, in 777 centres across the country.

The test, aimed at preparing candidates for the UTME proper scheduled for between June 19 and July 3, 2021, was administered by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) in all computer-based test centres (CBTs) nationwide.

JAMB Head of Media and Protocol, Fabian Benjamin, told journalists in Abuja that the essence of the mock exam was to test the capacity and suitability of the centres.

Fabian added that the exercise conducted nationwide was hitch-free, except in Dominion International School, Jabi, Abuja where fire gutted the centre and candidates were redirected to other centres.

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“Over 160,617 candidates sat for the mock examinations in all our CBT centres. We received report of complaint of capacity and stability in one or two centres,” he said.

He assured that JAMB was prepared for the UTME between June 19 and July 3, 2021 due to the success of the mock examination.

MEANWHILE, the Governing Board of the National Examinations Council (NECO) has approved the appointment of Ebikibina John Ogborodi as Acting Registrar and Chief Executive of the examination body, who, prior to his appointment, was Director of Special Duties at the council.

This followed the death of the late Registrar, Prof. Godswill Obioma, who died on Monday, June 1, 2021 after a brief illness.

In a statement issued by the Director, Human Resource Management, Mustapha Abdul, NECO explained that the Governing Board endorsed Ogborodi’s appointment was at its emergency meeting of Wednesday, June 2, 2021.

The statement explained that the appointment of Ogborodi, who hails from Sagbama Counciul of Bayelsa State, was due to the fact that he is most Senior Director at NECO.

The circular stated that all activities of the council would continue as planned.

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