JAMB suspends use of NIN for 2020 UTME

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The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has suspended the use of the National Identification Number (NIN) for registration during the 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

This decision is unconnected to several complaints about difficulties in doing the NIN registration.

JAMB registrar, Ishaq Oloyede, who stated this while briefing journalists in Abuja on Saturday, said the move was to provide more time for candidates to get their national identification numbers.

He said the suspension was also to address the technical challenges experienced at some centres.

He however noted that the suspension of the NIN would not affect earlier stated registration procedures for the 2020 exams.

Meanwhile, he suggested that JAMB will consider the use of NIN for 2021 exams.

EduCeleb.com recalls that the examining body last year said from 2020, candidates will register for its examinations with their NINs to solve the challenges of multiple registration.

This registration is conducted by the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) at its designated centres across Nigeria and beyond.

By Nigerian laws, NIMC is the only empowered government agency to collect data on national identity.

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JAMB had reportedly hinged its previous decision on this.

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