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JAMB Suspends NIN Requirement for 2020 Registration

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JAMB Suspends NIN Requirement for 2020 Registration

JAMB Suspends NIN Requirement for 2020 Registration

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has suspended the compulsory use of the National Identification Number (NIN) for candidates sitting for the 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) until 2021.

The suspension also affected the Direct Entry registration for the year.

While announcing this on Saturday, January 11, 2020, JAMB Registrar, at a press conference in Abuja, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, said the decision was taken due to difficulties being faced by candidates in the NIN registration.

Prof. Oloyede, during a meeting with commissioners of education from the 36 states of the federation and other stakeholders, stressed that the need to introduce the initiative was based on the law made by the National Assembly, and anybody that fails to implement the NIN is liable on conviction.

The decision to suspend the process is coming on the heels of criticisms about the timing of the new policy by the examination body and the difficulty in obtaining the NIN.

Prof. Oloyede who stated this during a press briefing said the decision to suspend the policy is to allow enough time for candidates to acquire their NIN.

He added that the NIN would, however, be a necessary requirement in the 2021 UTME and Direct Entry registrations.

Registration for the 2020 JAMB UTME is expected to commence on January 13, and it stated that candidates can now apply with or without the NIN.

Queues formed at the entrance of the NIMC office by candidates were seen at all centres as the date for the examination fast approached.

Prospective candidates who have not acquired NIN before now have lamented on the stress they had to go through during registration.