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Why We Suspended NIN For 2020 UTME Registration - JAMB Explains

Austin Papi

The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has announced the suspension of NIN for 2020 registration.

According to the JAMB registrar, candidates are to only send their names to 55019 to create their profiles as there will be no need for NIN for 2020 registration.

JAMB reportedly scrapped the use of National Identity Number (NIN) for registration in this year’s Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) because of inadequate enrollment centres.

The educational board explained that the 1,000 enrollment centres which are operated by the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) nationwide would not be enough to successfully register applicants ahead of the conduct of the examinations.

Registration for this year’s JAMB examination is scheduled to commence on Monday 13th January and end on the 17th of February, while the examination will be written Nationwide between 14th of March and 4th of April 2020.

JAMB Registrar, Professor Is-haq Oloyede, made this known during a briefing with reporters on Saturday at the headquarters of the board in Bwari, Abuja.

Accompanied by the Director-General of NIMC, Aliyu Aziz, at the briefing, 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 a 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 a 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.”

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