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Stranded students seeking registration at NIMC Office, Alausa, Ikeja Lagos today. (Photo: IT News Nigeria)

UTME: JAMB backs down, suspends use of NIN for 2020 exams

IT News Nigeria:

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) announced today it has suspended the use of the National Identification Number (NIN) for registration for the 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

The registrar of JAMB, Ishaq Oloyede revealed this in Abuja during a press briefing with the media.

According to him, the move was to provide more time for candidates to get their national identification numbers.

PremiumTimes report that the JAMB boss said the suspension was also to address the technical challenges experienced at some centres.

The JAMB Registrar asked candidates to disregard the use of NIN for the 2020 registration and strictly comply with other procedures for the registration.

Stranded students seeking registration at NIMC Office, Alausa, Ikeja Lagos today. (Photo: IT News Nigeria)

He however said that JAMB will consider the use of NIMC for 2021 exams.

The board last year said from 2020, candidates will register for its examinations with their national ID number to solve the challenges of multiple registration.

Recalled, National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) registration racketeer hits N5000 per person and JAMB applicants call for waiver to enable them enrol for the university entrance exams.

NIMC came under heavy criticism at its Twitter handle, @nimc_ng , by Twitter users, after they discovered that there huge extortion racket at the commission’s Ibeju-Lekki office and across centres.

A user, for example explained via her Twitter handle how NIMC officials extorted N5000 from UTME applicants before registration for the National Identification Number (NIN).

a statement released in 2019 by the commission and the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB); announced that the NIN is a compulsory requirement for all applicants. NIMC DG, Aliyu Aziz said the enforcement of the mandatory use of the NIN is congruent with the NIMC Act of 2007.

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But this enforcement has turn to be Nigeria’s biggest registration racketeer as revealed by peoples’ comment on social media.

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