The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has said the use of NIN for registration has to be suspended to 2021 because of “observable lapses and logistics challenges” on the part of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) to cope with upsurge of those wanting to enroll for NIN.
Registrar of JAMB, Professor Is’haq Oloyede, announced the suspension on Saturday in Abuja following outcry over difficulties intending UTME applicants were having in trying to enroll and obtain the requisite NIN from NIMC.
He advised the candidates to simply send their names to 55019 to commence registration for 2020 UTME tomorrow, as it was done in the previous year.
The JAMB Registrar speaking at the news conference jointly addressed with the Director- General of NIMC, Mr Aliyu Aziz, said he was sad to announce the suspension in view of the fact the original intention was to eliminate examination fraud perpetrated by fraudsters through multiple registration.
He, however, warned candidates that nobody would go scot-free if found to have registered twice, saying the Board was aware of deliberate campaign against NIMC by “professional examination takers” to discredit the enrollment exercise “because the commission was about to break the backbone of their corrupt practices.”
He said the collaboration with the commission had increased the capacity of the Board in identity management, stressing that many persons were prosecuted last year and that JAMB is even more empowered now to identify all forms of identity fraud and multiple registration by examination fraudsters.
He said UTME registration would commence tomorrow and going by the technical challenges faced by NIMC, there was no way it could capture all intending applicants for UTME and Direct Entry.
“All nations of the world go that way and we have no option because we cannot be an island on our own. It has been very productive but we got to a point yesterday (Friday) that knowing full well the registration for 2020 UTME and Direct Entry will start on Monday 13 January to 17th of February, which is five weeks to complete the registration process.
“Everything in educational sector is programmed. UTME examination must be written before April 4, because WAEC starts on April 6 and immediately after WAEC, NABTEB and after NABTEB, NECO,” he said.
“So, every minute counts in the education sector. When people are making suggestion to us to shift the registration forward, they did not know what we know.
“On the basis of this we came to a very sad position yesterday (Friday) that for 2020 we are not going to use NIN as prerequisite for UTME registration.
“We are, therefore, suspending this till subsequent year 2021, when all candidates would have been given what appears like a one year notice that they would have opportunity to enroll for the NIN.
“This does not affect our staff. All our staff, permanent and ad hoc who are going to participate in this year exercise would be required to submit their NIN for verification,” he said.
Oloyede disclosed that about 11,000, comprising permanent and ad hoc staff would be participating in 2020 UTME exercise.
He commended NIMC for the efforts so far put in the enrollment exercise, noting however, that after going round the country in the last one week, it became obvious that the desire to use NIN for registration by candidates was not attainable.