The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) on Saturday scrapped the use of National Identity Number for registration in this year’s Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and Direct Entry.
JAMB Registrar, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede made this known during a briefing with reporters on Saturday at the headquarters of the board in Bwari, Abuja. He was accompanied by the Director- General of NIMC, Aliyu Aziz, at the briefing.
Prof. Oloyede cited inadequate enrollment centres as the major reason for the suspension, stated that the 1,000 enrollment centres operated by the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) nationwide were not enough to successfully register applicants ahead of the conduct of the examinations.
Oloyede said: “We had agreed that NIN would be a pre-requisite for registration for 2020 UTME which will commence on Monday. But there was public outcry on the frustrations and difficulties that candidates are subjected to before getting the NIN.
“We were forced to review our strategies and we arrived at a point that it was obvious that we could not go ahead with NIN as pre-requisite for registration because of the challenges that might affect the participation of large number of candidates.
“To this end, we have decided to suspend the use of NIN for 2020 UTME exercise. We have unanimously agreed to shift the use of NIN to 2021 when candidates must have been given enough time and opportunity to get the NIN. However, about 11, 000 of our staff, permanent and adhoc, that would participate in the exercise would still be required to submit their NIN for verification.”
Registration for this year’s examination will commence on Monday 13 January and end on the 17 of February while the examination will start on 14 of March and end on the 4 of April 2020.
The board directed applicants to send their names to 55019 to create their profile for registration.
The Federal Executive Council (FEC) had directed JAMB to adopt the use of NIN in its registration process for the conduct of its examinations .