Candidates of 2016 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination this afternoon shut down the Benin Zonal office of Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board for their inability to register for the exercise.
The candidates alleged that the UTME e-Registration site was shut against prospective candidates by JAMB authorities before the February 14, 2016 deadline.
Similarly, the protesting students claimed that the e-registration cards were no longer available for candidates to access the site.
A representative of the protesters, Samuel Ekanen said “I personal made contacts to my friends in Lagos who sent us the cards but we were still unable to access the site.
“From what we gathered, they exhausted the cards and they couldn’t purchase more that’s their challenge. Instead of the Feb. 14 deadline they quickly readjusted it to Feb 5 against detriment of students.
“Thousands of candidates are affected. We want to go to school. When we first complained to them they advised us to learn artisan skills. They are pushing us to the streets.
They appealed to Federal Government and other relevant authorities to quickly intervene prevent thousands of them not being shut out from admission into tertiary institutions.
“I know many of these protesters will not re enrol for the exercise, the wind of life will blow many us to different areas I can’t say now. We need to be encouraged.
Meanwhile, the ZonalCoordinator of JAMB, Mrs Priscilla Igunsola said they were seeking ‘miracle centres.
“They thought they could manipulate the system but fortunately or unfortunately to them they couldn’t.
“They deceived by JAMB contractors who promised to enrol them. They knew what they did. They are jokers.
“We (Zonal Office) dont have powers to extend date of registration. It was expired January 31 and was later extended to February 5.