The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board JAMB has suspended the use of the National Identification Number as prerequisite for the registration of the 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination UTME.
The JAMB Registrar Professor Ishaq Oloyede who stated this while briefing newsmen in Abuja said the move was to provide more time for candidates to get their National Identification Number, NIN.
Prof. Oloyede said the suspension was also to address the technical challenges experienced in some centres.
He explained that the decision to suspend the use of the National Identification Number as a prerequisite for the 2020 UTME and Direct Entry registration came after several calls from stakeholders to do so.
According to the Registrar “We came to a decision yesterday and decided that we will suspend the use of NIN as a prerequisite for the 2020 UTME and Direct Entry (DE) registration until 2021.
“By then, all candidates would have been given one year notice to register, this does not affect our permanent and adhoc staff who will participate in the exercise as they will require the NIN for verification”.
“We have gone round and seen the passion and commitment of the candidates; the reality on ground is that what we expect is not attainable at the moment, so we shall not inflict more pain on candidates.”
Professor Oloyede also noted that technical issues on ground with regards to the system of registration at the National Identification Management Commission (NIMC), was one of the major reasons for the suspension.
He said plans are underway for the provision of a more advanced system that will be more efficient for the exercise.
Also speaking, the Director-General of NIMC, Mr Aliyu Azeez, said that the suspension was necessary as the commission was overwhelmed with the exercise within the short time given.
He explained that NIMC had only 1,000 centres around the country for the exercise and would need up to 4,000 to conduct such exercise.
He, however, stated that the partnership with JAMB would continue while advising parents and candidates for the 2021 exercise to use the opportunity to acquire the number within the stipulated time to avoid last minute rushes.
Mr Azeez also said that by 2021, NIMC registration would be made available at JAMB Computer-Based Tests (CBT) centres nationwide, with operators on ground to capture candidates.