For the second year running, Imo State topped the number of Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) applications with 101,868 in 2017, JAMB Registrar, Is-haq Oloyede has disclosed.
The registrar said this during a briefing with Newsmen in Abuja ahead of the unified tertiary matriculation examination (UTME) billed to start on Saturday in 642 computer based test (CBT) centres across the country.
According to him, Imo, Osun, and Oyo topped the list of those with the highest number of JAMB applications in 2017, following the applications of statistics by the state of origin.
Oloyede said Osun recorded the second highest with 88, 653 applications while Oyo recorded 87,811 applications.
The JAMB registrar said that Benue (68, 916), Kogi (70, 150) and Kano (70, 276) recorded the lowest applications.
He added that the agency registered 1.7 million candidates an increase of 464,287 candidates from last year’s 1.2 million candidates registered for the 2016 UTME.
However, the record that Imo State has again topped the JAMB APPLICATIONS this year (2017) would make it the Sixth time since 2012 Imo would come first in JAMB applications.
In 2012, Imo State had 123,865 applications to be on top, followed by Delta State with 88,876.
In 2013, the State recorded 134,610 applications followed by Delta State also with 101,610 applications, and in 2014, the State had 118,809 applications, whereas, Delta State had 87,153 applications to maintain the second position.
Again, in 2015, Imo State recorded 104,382 applications to maintain the first position, while Delta State also maintained the second position with 78,856 applications, and in 2016, Imo State had 104,383, and also followed by Delta State with 78,854.
These enviable records didn’t come by happenstance. They are all products of the free education programme in the State which occasioned the astronomical increase of the School enrolment in the State from 280,000 in 2011 to more than 800,000 at the moment.