President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the reduction of the registration fees for the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Board Examination (UTME) from N5,000 to N3,500, a statement from the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) said on Wednesday.
The statement signed by JAMB’s Head of Media, Dr. Fabian Benjamin, said the “president approved this reduction to alleviate the burden of the cost of the examination. This was made possible due to Mr President’s concern for the plight of the ordinary Nigerians.”
He further said in the president’s determination to alleviate poverty and ensure that every Nigerian desirous of tertiary education is not deprived, government had introduced policies and incentive to boost the economy of ordinary Nigerians and has seen this reduction as a platform to bring more Nigerians on the tertiary education template.
He said the board had in less than two years shown commitment to the avowed direction of President Buhari-led administration by returning over N15billion to government.