A document shared by the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) at its policy meeting held on Tuesday shows that a candidate in Lagos State, Monwuba Chibuikem has emerged as the best candidate at the 2021 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) with a score of 358.

The board also dropped the idea of uniform cut off mark for institutions for the next academic sessionat the meeting, asking the institutions to decide their individual benchmarks.

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According to the document, Qomarudeen Alabi from Osun and Adeogun Oreoluwa from Ogun jointly came second as they both scored 350. Ajayi Isaiah from Lagos took the fourth position with a score of 349 while Okarike Kenneth from Rivers secured the fifth spot with 348.

Omonona Victor, Owoeye Oluwatimilehin, and Ehizogie Aidelogie took the sixth position with 347 while Ajeigbe Samuel and Yakubu Joshua (Edo) had 346 and 343 respectively to complete the top 10.

A breakdown of the top 10 candidates by their states of origin showed Lagos, Edo and Ekiti had the highest with two students each while Osun, Oyo, Ogun and Rivers had one each. Considering the gender composition of the top 10 candidates, the list had nine males with only one female making the cut.

The data further showed that five of the students who made the top 10 chose Covenant University as their first-choice institution of study. While Obafemi Awolowo University, University of Lagos, Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, and Nnamdi Azikwe University, Awka had one applicant each. All candidates that made the top 10 applied for engineering and science courses.