Imo has highest number of UTME candidates
June 14, 2016
…beats 8 northern states combined
Whereas 98,028 candidates from eight northern states
and Federal Capital Territory sat for this year’s Unified
Tertiary Matriculation Examination, Imo State had
104,383 candidates, CHARLES ABAH reports
Details of the 2016 Unified Tertiary Matriculation
Examination emerged on Monday with Imo State
indigenes topping the list of applicants that sat for the
The state topped the state of origin statistics table with
104,383 (about 6.56 per cent) of the 1,592,305 million
candidates that sat for the examination conducted by the
Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board this year.
This comes as only 14,242 candidates from both Kebbi
and Zamfara states applied for the examination. Whereas
only 5,295 candidates from Zamfara State sat for the
examination, 8,947 others from Kebbi State sat for the
qualifying examination to the nation’s higher institutions.
The Computer-based examination for entrance to the
universities, polytechnics and colleges of education,
which held between February 27 and March 23, took
place in 540 centres in Nigeria and eight overseas
The countries are Benin Republic, Cameroun, Cote
D’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Saudi Arabia, South Africa and
the United Kingdom.
Delta State came second on the table with 78,854
candidates (4.95) in the examination in which only 25,445
of the 1,592,305 million candidates applied to study
The third on the table is Anambra State, which produced
77,694 or 4.88 per cent of the candidates.
Imo State, a reliable source in JAMB confided in our
correspondent, has remained on top of the table for many
In the examination, which only 24,160 Lagos State
indigenes sat for, their Osun State counterpart had 72,752
candidates, placing it in the fourth position.
The statistics obtained exclusively by our correspondent
also revealed that Oyo State, with 72,298 candidates
(4.54 per cent), came fifth, while Enugu State placed sixth
with 69,381 candidates or 4.36 per cent.
In the seventh position is Edo State with 66,107 or 4.15
per cent of the candidates, while Ogun State placed eighth
with 62,973 candidates.
Ogun State, with over 15 universities and polytechnics,
has the highest number of tertiary institutions in the
country. It has 10 private universities comprising the
Babcock University, Ilishan-Remo; Covenant University,
Ota; Bell University, Ota, established by former President
Olusegun Obasanjo and the Crawford University, Igbesa.
Others are Chrisland University, Abeokuta; Mountain Top
University, Ibafo; Christopher University on the Lagos-
Ibadan Expressway, McPherson University, Seriki-Sotayo;
Hallmark University, Ijebu-Itele, and the Crescent
University, Abeokuta, founded by the former Attorney-
General and Minister of Justice, Prince Bola Ajibola.
Akwa Ibom State, which placed ninth, had 62,369
candidates, while Benue State, in the 10th position, led
the pack from the 19 states in the North with 60,160
Kogi State placed 11th on the rankings with 57,694
candidates, whereas Kwara State, which accommodates
the University of Ilorin, had 54,606 candidates.