Professor Ishak Oloyede, the Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), on Saturday, suspended the use of the National Identity Number (NIN) for the 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).
Oloyede made this known to newsmen at a press conference at the board’s headquarters in Abuja.
The registrar noted, “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,” he said.
Oloyede, while stressing the need for NIN, added that the prerequisite was used to tackle identity fraud during the examinations.