On Saturday, (The Joint Admission Matriculation Board) JAMB suspends use of NIN for 2020 UTME Exam (Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination).

This was conveyed to the newsmen at a press conference held at the Headquarters at Abuja by the board of directors Prof. Ishak Oloyede.

He said that after several appeals from stakeholders, the decision to suspend the use of this number as a periphery for the registry for UTME and direct entry 2020 was made.

JAMB Suspends Use Of NIN For 2020 UTME Exam

“With some technical issues on the ground we decided to suspend the requirement too,” he said.

Oloyede spoke further: “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 employees who take part, as the verification includes the NIN.

We’ve been around to see the candidates passion and commitment, but the fact is, what we’re predicting is not realistic right now so we’re not going to make candidates any more pain.

Oloyede indicated that one of the principal reasons for the suspension was technical questions on the ground with respect to the registration system at the National Identification Management Committee (NIMC).

He said plans for a more sophisticated program are underway which would be more effective for exercising.

He also said that both the Board and NIMC would continue to share their intelligence reports and other plans to conduct the exercise smoothly in the future.

He reaffirmed that the need for NIN to deal with identity fraud during examinations was a requirement for this exercise.

Also speaking, Mr Aliyu Azeez, Director General of NIMC, said that the action was necessary because within the short time allowed the committee was overwhelmed by the exercise.

He said 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.

Azeez also said that by 2021, NIMC registration would be made available at JAMB Computer-Based Tests (CBT) centres nationwide, with operators on the ground to capture candidates.

NAN recalls that JAMB had earlier stated that all candidates for the 2020/ 21 UTME and DE must have NIN before registering for admission slots into the nation’s tertiary institutions.

UTME and DE registrations exercises are scheduled to begin on Monday, Jan. 13 and end on Feb. 17.

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