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Reasons Behind JAMB’s Suspension Of NIN As Requirement For UTME Registrations

The Oasis Reporters

January 16, 2020

Whatever innovation comes to Nigeria, some unscrupulous citizens would ensure that the process is made longer to bring in twists and turns, involving difficulties and frustrations, such that hapless victims would begin to think of how to grease the way and get things done.

When JAMB proposed the use of NIN (National Identity card project) as basis for identifying applicants and verifying their identity and particulars, it seemed like a very good idea.

Yet unfortunately, the process of getting this done has proven to be tortuous. It is rather unbelievable, that candidates go to enrollment centers for the purpose of writing down their names for data capturing eligibility. Yes, young teenagers who need the enrollment, take that risk of hanging around registration areas, just to be able to put down their names down before they can be given a date for data capturing because of the long queue.

As a consequence of this therefore, the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has suspended the use of the National Identification Number (NIN) as a requirement for the 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) registration.

The suspension also affected the Direct Entry registration for the year, according to a Punch newspaper report.

While announcing this on Saturday, January 11, 2020, JAMB Registrar, at a press conference in Abuja, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, said the decision was taken due to difficulties being faced by candidates in the NIN registration.

He added that the NIN would, however, be a necessary requirement in the 2021 UTME and Direct Entry registrations.

Hopefully Nigeria would get it right some day in easing difficulties for the citizenry.

Greg Abolo

Blogger at The Oasis Reporters.

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