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JAMB Suspends Compulsory Use of NIN for 2020 UTME/DE Registration

Latest: JAMB Suspends Compulsory Use of NIN for 2020 UTME/DE Registration

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has suspended the compulsory use of the National Identification Number (NIN) for the registration of candidates for the 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and Direct Entry until 2021.

The JAMB Registrar, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, disclosed this during a briefing at the headquarters of the board in Bwari, Abuja. According to him, the move was to provide more time for candidates to get their national identification numbers.

It was gathered that the decision to suspend the use of NIN for 2020 UTME registration followed criticisms from the public over the poor timing of the policy and the difficulty in obtaining the NIN by prospective candidates.

With this development, candidates can now apply for the 2020 UTME/DE which is set to commence January 13, 2020 without NIN.

The date for the commencement of the JAMB examination remains March 14th, 2020.

The compulsory use of NIN will now be considered as from 2021 to enable the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) to have registration centres around computer-based test (CBT) centres across the country for candidates who do not have the NIN to avoid difficulties in registering and writing the examination.

Earlier: 2020 JAMB: Prospective UTME Candidates Storms NIMC Office Over NIN

Reports has it that Prospective candidates for the 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) to have stormed the Lagos office of National Identity Management Commission, (NIMC) in a bid to get their National Identification Number (NIN) before the commencement of JAMB Registration.

It was gathered that the students were seen as early as 7 am in large numbers outside the Lagos State Enrolment Centres of NIMC office at 1b Obafemi Awolowo Way, Alausa Ikeja.

Recall that JAMB made it mandatory that all prospective candidates for the 2020 UTME/DE must obtain National Identification Numbers before they can register for the examination

The Acting-Director-General of National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), Hadiza Dagabana, applauded the development stating that it would help to stop impersonation and other forms of malpractices.

According to her, registration for NIN had already started at the Primary School level of education across the country.

Earlier: UTME and DE Candidates to be Accorded Preference in Obtaining NIN in 2020

The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) following its directive to have all prospective UTME/DE Candidates enrol for the National Identification Number (NIN) before registering for 2020 UTME/DE examination, the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has directed its enrollment centres nationwide to give preference to applicants who will be taking the 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME)/Direct Entry (DE) examinations.

The announcement was made by the NIMC DG/CEO Engr. Aliyu Aziz at the NIMC headquarters, Abuja.

He stated that this move is in pursuant to the collaboration between the Commission and the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) to make the NIN a compulsory requirement for all applicants wishing to sit for the 2020 UTME/DE Examinations which is also in line with the enforcement of the mandatory use of the NIN as provided in the NIMC ACT of 2007.Engr. Aziz said the new policy forms part of the ongoing efforts aimed at curbing all unwholesome acts and infractions that have characterized UTME/DE exams at the point of registration, examination and admission of applicants over the years.

He advised that parents/guardians should guide their wards in carefully filling the enrolment forms to ensure names are arranged properly and the correct date of birth is registered. “Where an applicant is below 16 years, such applicant (s) would be required to provide the NIN of his/her parent or guardian and they must confirm that all information supplied to the enrolment officer on the applicant’s monitor in front of them at the point of registration is correct” he emphasized.

The NIMC DG/CEO further enjoined all school authorities and local education secretaries to inform and educate parents and students on the importance of registering for the National Identification Number (NIN) to enable students and applicants to sit for the 2020 UTME/DE registration commencing in January.

The DG/CEO finally reiterated that the success of this collaboration is dependent on the cooperation and participation of all stakeholders and called for the support of the general public in the exercise.

Earlier: Only 40% UTME Candidates Have Obtained NIN – JAMB Registrar

The Registrar of Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Professor Ishaq Oloyede, ‎has disclosed that about 40 percent of JAMB candidates have already obtained National Identity Number (NIN) in the country.  He disclosed this at a meeting with Computer Based Test centres, Technical Advisors, Service providers (MTN, Airtell, Galaxy backbone etc) and other stakeholders ‎in Kaduna.

He asserted that the campaign against NIN is mainly orchestrated by those benefiting from registration and examination scandals and added that the current campaign against NIMC, will not stop JAMB from collaborating with them.

Prof Oloyede equally called on the Computer Professional Registration Council of Nigeria (CPRCN), to help JAMB pay particular attention to CCTV as the board has observed that some computer-based test (CBT) centres are tampering with CCTV camera in collaboration with JAMB’s technical officers. 

Earlier: JAMB Insists on NIN for Registration of UTME Candidates

The Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Ishaq Oloyede, has reinstated that no amount of propaganda can prevent the board from using the National Identity Management Number (NIM) in the conduct of its exams. He made this known at a meeting on Wednesday 18 Dec when he met with CBT centres, technical advisors, and service providers at the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, Kaduna state.

Recall that, JAMB had earlier announced its partnership with the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) to reduce the rate of impersonation and other forms of exam malpractice ahead of its forthcoming Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME). He said only those who have been benefiting from multiple registrations and exam fraud are mounting negative press against the use of NIN.


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