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JAMB insists on NIN identification

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PROSPECTIVE candidates for the forth-coming 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) will have to acquire National Identification Number (NIN) or forfeit their chance of sitting for the examination.

Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) rolled out this new policy in Lagos in a statement made available to newsmen by its spokesman, Fabian Benjamin.

According to Benjamin, the strategy is to ensure fool-proof capturing of candidates’ biometrics in line with JAMB’s zero tolerance for examination malpractice, adding that no candidate may be registered without evidence of their NIN.

“JAMB will, during the 2020 registration exercise, use National Identity Number (NIN) generated after successful registration with National Identity Management Commission (NIMC).  This includes the capturing of biometric and other necessary details for the registration of all prospective candidates. Candidates are enjoined to register as the board will no longer be responsible for the capturing of candidates’ biometrics ahead of the examination, as all information required will be uploaded from the data captured by the NIMC.  Henceforth, the NIN will be compulsory for the UTME registration,” Benjamin said.

To ensure that candidates do not go through needless hardships in complying with this new directive, the board has made adequate arrangement with the NIMC for prospective candidates to be registered at the examination centres or with its licensed agents. In line with this, candidates who had registered and acquired NIN before reaching age 16  would be required to update their NIN registration status before registering for the UTME, with emergency plans made for candidates who lost or misplaced their NIN to retrieve it by either going to NIMC office; its licensed agent or dial *346# (USSD code on the SIM card number earlier used to register for the NIN).  But candidate’s name as stated on NIMC data base will be the same as the one on JAMB’s data registration form.

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