The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board says it suspend the use of the National Identification Number as part of requirements for the 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination and Direct Entry registration due to technical issues and stakeholders’ concerns.
The UTME and DE registration is scheduled to begin on January 13 and end on February 17.
JAMB Registrar, Prof Ishaq Oloyede, at a press conference in Abuja on Saturday said technical issues regarding the registration system at the National Identification Management Commission NIN was a major reason for the suspension. Citing difficulties being faced by prospective candidates in the NIN registration.
He said the NIN would, however, be necessary for the 2021 UTME and Direct Entry registration. “We came to a decision yesterday (Friday) and decided that we would suspend the use of the NIN as a prerequisite for the 2020 UTME and Direct Entry registration until 2021.
“By then, all candidates would have been given a one-year notice to register. This does not affect our permanent and ad hoc staff who will participate in the exercise as they will require the NIN for verification.”
For his part the Director-General of the NIMC, Mr Aliyu Azeez, said the move was necessary as they were overwhelmed by the exercise because they were given a short period.
He said they had only 1,000 centres in the country for the exercise and would need up to 4,000 centres. And promised that by 2021, the NIMC registration would be available at JAMB Computer-Based Test centres nationwide with operators on the ground to capture candidates.
He, also, advised parents and candidates for the 2021 exercise to use the suspension to acquire the number within the stipulated time to avoid a last-minute rush as the partnership with JAMB would continue.