The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has distributed a total of N500 million in prize money to thirteen different tertiary institutions throughout the country.
The awardees, which included federal, state, and private colleges, were ranked best for the 2020 JAMB National Tertiary Admissions Performance-Merit Award (NATAP-M Award).
The winners received N100 million for each of the five award categories.
The categories include the most preferred institution by candidates, the school with the most national diversity, the institution with the most improved gender balance, and the institution with the most international students.
The awarding of prizes took place on Thursday at the International Conference Centre in Abuja, during the admission policy meeting presided over by the education minister, Adamu Adamu.
According to the JAMB registrar, Is-haq Oloyede, the award ceremony was the third in the series since it began in 2018.
Oloyede stated that the winners will receive N75 million, while the first and second runners-up will receive N15 million and N10 million, respectively.
He stated that the award, which was originally set at N100 million for the winners only, was revised to include incentives for runners-up upon the proposal of Education Minister Adamu Adamu.
With 81,659 applicants in the 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME), the University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) emerged because the maximum sought-after tertiary group in Nigeria, whilst Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) ranked 2nd with 75,446. Bayero University, Kano (BUK) got here in 0.33 area with 59,506.
UNILORIN gained N75 million, whilst ABU and BUK acquired N15 million and N10 million, respectively. Kaduna Polytechnic, Kaduna State, emerged first withinside the class of the maximum countrywide in admission spread, with applicants from all 33 states of the Federation.
Ahmadu Bello University got here in first, with applicants from 32 states, and Afe Babalola University got here in 2nd, with applicants from 29 states. According to Mr. Oloyede, this class takes into consideration the establishments with the maximum assorted college students from across the country.
Meanwhile, Federal University, Lafia, became presented the medal for the finest progressed gender stability in 2020. The first runner-up became the FCT College of Education, Zuba, and the second one runner-up became Abia State University, Uturu.
The university with the maximum overseas college students became Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria, with sixty one applicants; the University of Maiduguri became 2nd with 20, and Nile University in Abuja became 0.33 with 11.
Meanwhile, Covenant University in Ota, Ogun State, ranked because the fine in phrases of JAMB coverage compliance. The University of Ibadan and the University of Maiduguri had been named first and 2nd runners-up, respectively.
Prior to the next award ceremony in 2023, the JAMB registrar said that the board will split the rewards for universities, polytechnics, and colleges of education.
He also stated that the entire prize, which is currently set at N500 million, will be increased to N750 million by then.
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