By Nick Dugba.
Since last week banks along the busy Hamaruwa Way within Jalingo metropolis, have witnessed a large number of young men and women who have been queueing to obtain the UTME pin number to complete their registration for the 2017 UTME.
Investigations by TaraVoices reveals that some of them have been struggling under the hot Jalingo sun for the past one to two weeks to obtain their pin number upon the payment of N5000, but to no avail.
A lot of them looked dejected and some confided in the reporter that they had almost given up hope even as the long wait was telling on their pockets.
This morning, TaraVoices was at the Zenith Bank premises where there was a long queue of candidates waiting for their turn to obtain the pin number.
Papa Jimon came from Gembu and he said, “I have been here for two weeks and unable to obtain the JAMB pin because of the queue. It has costs me a lot especially finances”.
He preferred the old method of using the internet cafe to do the registration saying “this method is not easy especially for those coming from afar”.
According to Vivian Alkali, who came all the way from Zing, she had been there for the past two weeks and expressed her frustration saying “I almost gave up”.
Also, Danjuma Ama Godswill from Wukari, has a similar story even though he only spent three days in his struggle. He complained about the slowness of the process.
We made attempts to find out from the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, (JAMB), why they had to adopt the present method instead of the old one which was less stressful, but it was not successful.
According to the Taraba state Coordinator, Veronica Ayuba, she does not grant interview to journalists without permission from the registrar.
“ I have to obtain permission from the registrar before granting you interview”, she said while attending to a large crowd of candidates waiting outside the office gate this morning.