JAMB Suspends NIN for 2020 UTME Registration as 1,000 centres were inadequate for nationwide enrolment.
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has rescinded its decision to make possession of the National Identification Number (NIN) a registration requirement for the 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME). Following the public outcry over difficulties intending UTME applicants underwent in trying to enrol and obtain the NIN from the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), the Registrar of JAMB, Professor Ishaq Oloyede, announced the suspension of the earlier directive on NIN on Saturday in Abuja.
The limited NIMC centres had been overwhelmed by an unprecedented number of Nigerians seeking enrolment in the last few weeks ahead of the UTME registration exercise. Apart from the chaotic situations at the enrolment centres, there were allegations that NIMC personnel demanded bribes to facilitate enrolment. Oloyede explained that even though the national identification exercise was statutory, the use of NIN for UTME registration had to be suspended till next year. He said this was due to observable lapses and logistics challenges on the part of NIMC, which made it difficult for the commission to cope with the upsurge in the number of those wanting to enrol for NIN.
The director-general of NIMC, in his remarks, admitted that the commission lacked the capacity to cope with the upsurge in enrolment in the last few weeks, saying NIMC has only 1,000 centres nationwide while over 4,000 enrolment centres are required for the exercise. He corroborated Oloyede’s position that the purpose of the collaboration was to eliminate fraud and examination malpractices related to identity.
Oloyede said JAMB and the NIMC would continue to share intelligence reports and other plans for the smooth conduct of the exercise in the future.
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