The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has suspended the use of the National Identification Number (NIN) for registration of candidates for the 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).
The exam body took to its verified Twitter page on Saturday to announce the suspension.
“NIN Is Suspended For 2020 Registration. Candidates Are To Only Send Their Names To 55019 To Create Profile. No Need For NIN For 2020 Registration,” it wrote.
NIN IS SUSPENDED FOR 2020 REGISTRATION. CANDIDATES ARE TO ONLY SEND THEIR NAMES TO 55019 TO CREATE PROFILE. NO NEED FOR NIN FOR 2020 REGISTRATION.
— JAMB (@JAMBHQ) January 11, 2020
The board had previously made the NIN on the Nigerian ID cards a registration requirement for its 2020 examination.
It had also announced a partnership with the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) in a bid to crackdown on impersonators and other identity-related examination malpractice.
The decision to suspend the process was due to the outrage that trailed the timing of the new policy and the difficulty in obtaining the NIN.
TheCable Lifestyle had reported how some prospective candidates decried the hectic registration process they undergo while enrolling for the NIN.
“I’ve been here since 9am. There are people who came as early as 5am and are yet to do theirs. Some say it’s the kind of system they used. Others said there were about 300 people during their turn,” an applicant had told TheCable Lifestyle during a visit to the Alausa registration centre in Ikeja, Lagos.
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