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JAMB reveals 2023 mock, UTME main exam dates, others

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At least 92,490 candidates have been registered by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) to sit for this year’s Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

Also, at least 67,328 candidates registered for the mock examination, according to a weekly bulletin published by the office of the JAMB Registrar in Abuja.

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JAMB started its registration on Saturday, 14 January and it is expected to end on Tuesday, 14 February.

According to the reports, two e-pins are available for sale – the pin for the main examination and that for the mock examination.

JAMB bulletin reads: “As already effected in the UTME exercise, two e-pins are available, N5, 700 for without mock UTME; N6, 700 for with mock UTME, while the Direct Entry is N4,700.

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“Approved UTME fee remains N3,500, reading text N500, the registration fee is N700, with N1,000 for Computer Based Test (CBT) examination fee and an optional N1,000 for mock examination for the candidates”.

The report also revealed that registration for polytechnic and Nigerian Certificate in Education (NCE) students hoping to apply for direct entry into the university will commence in earnest.

According to the examination body, the direct entry form will be on sale from Monday, 20 February, and would close on Monday, 20 March.

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JAMB stated that registered candidates for the 2023 mock UTME examinations would commence on Thursday, 16 March, while the main exams will hold from Saturday, 29 April to Friday, 12 May.

A fresh update on the registration for the Direct Entry examinations and the UTME was also disclosed by JAMB.

The board announced that the registration will commence on Saturday, 12 February, and end Saturday, 19 March.

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Fabian Benjamin, the director of Public Relations, made the disclosure via the board’s weekly bulletin.

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JUST IN: IMF ask CBN to extend Feb 10 deadline for old naira notes

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By Francesca Iwambe

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has advised the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to extend the February 10 deadline for the use of old naira notes if the difficulties in getting new notes persist.

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According to the IMF, the call become necessary as the development had led to the disruptions to trade and payments due to the shortage of new noted in the bank.

The call was contained in a statement made available to journalists on Wednesday.

“In light of hardships caused by disruptions to trade and payments due to the shortage of new bank notes available to the public, in spite of measures introduced by the CBN to mitigate the challenges in the banknote swap process, the IMF encourages the CBN to consider extending the deadline, should problems persist in the next few days leading up to the February 10, 2023 deadline,” the statement reads.

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BREAKING: Supreme Court suspends February 10 deadline for naira swap

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By Francesca Iwambe, Abuja

The Supreme Court of Nigeria has restrained the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and Federal Government from ending the legal tender statuses of old N200, N500 and N1000 banknotes on February 10, 2023.

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The apex court made the order following the suit filed by three State governments challenging the Naira swap policy.

Recall that governments of Kaduna, Zamfara and Kogi States had approached the Supreme Court seeking an order to stop the policy.

Naijablitznews.com will bring you more details shortly

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CBN captures more Communities as currency swap is continuous in Taraba

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Emmanuel Awari-Jalingo

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), on Friday extend her currency swap exercise to more Communities of Yorro, Ardo-Kola and Ibi local government areas of Taraba state.

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The Director Financial System Strategy, Central Bank of Nigeria, Ibrahim Hassan who disclosed this to our correspondent in Jalingo said, the development was in continuation of the CBN initiative targeted at ensuring that all rural dwellers in Taraba have their old naira notes swapped to new ones or deposited in banks before the extended CBN deadline for currency swap.

Hassan noted that the currency Swap Initiative was to help save communities who do not have access to bank, swap their old naira notes to the new notes.

“Just as we have been doing to ensure that people in the rural Communities of Taraba who do not have access to Bank have their old naira notes swap to new ones. CBN delegation have been drafted to more Communities of Yorro, Ardo-Kola and Ibi local to ensure success of the initiative.

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“CBN delegation for Yorro is led by Mr Jackson Imandi, the Deputy Director, the one Ardo-Kola is led by Mr. Kazeem Olatinmu while the one in Ibi local government is been led by the CBN Head of Banking Services in Taraba State, Hayatu Yahaya Shehu to ensure the villagers gain advantage of the Ten days extension for the currency swap” Hassan explained.

When contacted, the chief of Mumuye in Yorro local government, Ado Adamu Manang, that of Ibi, Abubakar Salihu Danbaw and some beneficiary of the exercise in Ardo-Kola local government, Mohammed Musa, Hafsatu Babangida and Isa Mahmud, commended the central Bank of Nigeria for the exercise as it was the best for villagers and promised to help create massive awareness for people to swap their old naira notes to the new ones.

According to them, businesses were already collapsing as people were no longer accepting the old naira notes even before the extended window.

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