The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), on Saturday, has explained why it suspended the use of the National Identity Number (NIN), for the 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).
Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, the Registrar of the board, disclosed this to newsmen during a press conference at the board’s Headquarters in Abuja, minutes after announcing the suspension of the policy on its twitter handle.
According to him, the decision to suspend the use of the number as a periquisite for the 2020 UTME and Direct Entry registration came after several calls from stakeholders to do so.
We also decided to suspend that prerequisite based on some technical issues on ground.
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 staff who will participate in the exercise as they will require the NIN for verification. “We have gone round and seen the passion and commitment of the candidates; the reality on ground is that what we expect is not attainable at the moment, so we shall not inflict more pain on candidates.
According to him, plans are underway for the provision of a more advanced system that will be more efficient for the exercise. He also said that the board as well as NIMC would continue to share its intelligence reports as well as other plans for the smooth conduct of the exercise in future.
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