Joint Admission and Matriculation Board

On January 11, 2020, The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has suspended the use of the National Identification Number for the registration of 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination UTME till 2021.

Following the several complains from Nigerians and several other concerned citizens, Ishaq Oloyede (JAMB Registrar), disclosed to the media on Saturday that in other to provide more time and to avoid unnecessary errors that may arise from such rush, the policy of No NIN No JAMB has been suspended and prospective JAMB candidates should ignore any news stating the mandatory use of NIN for the 2020 registration and stick to other requirements and procedures to successfully complete their registration.

However, the use of NIN for the 2021 JAMB Registration shall be mandatory and citizens should endeavour to prepare ahead, they shouldn't wait until then before proceeding to the NIN office to obtain their National Identity Card.

”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, ”he said.

It is no doubt that the process of obtaining a National Identity Card at times like this can be very difficult if not impossible is some rural areas, due to the massive population of candidates desperate to have the National Identity Card and be able to complete their registration on time. To avoid such rush and provide better experience, according to him, plans are underway for the provision of a more advanced system that will be more efficient for the exercise.

In other to avoid history from repeating itself and prevent the fraud in the identification of students which was a challenge in the last UTME examination, Mr Oloyede said the decision to use NIN was to correct some of the challenges that were recorded in 2019 UTME, particularly the fraud in the identification of candidates that registered for the UTME.

Candidates are expected to follow the same procedures they use last year to enroll for the 2020 JAMB Examination.

The Director-General of NIMC also reacts to the suspension of the use of NIN in the 2020 Jamb Registration. The DG, Aliyu Aziz, said the shift is to give more time to intending applicants to obtain NIN, roll out more registration centres and equipment nationwide under the digital identity ecosystem and provide identity and verification services anytime anywhere.

”The partnership with JAMB would continue, parents and candidates for the 2021 exercise should use the opportunity to acquire the number within the stipulated time to avoid last-minute rushes,” he said.

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

The 2020 UTME and DE registrations exercises are scheduled to begin on Monday, January 13 and end on February 17 across the country.

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