Some prospective candidates of the 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) have decried the hectic registration process they undergo while enrolling for the National Identity Number (NIN).

The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) had 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.

However, some applicants have expressed their displeasure over the hectic and time-consuming procedures to which they are subjected in their bid to acquire the temporary NIMC slip ahead of JAMB’s exam date.

While some attested to a massive crowd thronging the registration centre as early as 5am to join the lengthy queue, others added that the process took them days under the harsh weather.

During a visit to the Alausa registration centre in Ikeja, Lagos, a candidate told TheCable Lifestyle that a deluge of students had to rush into the premises in a frenzy when the gate was opened.

“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,” he said.

As of the time, this report was filed, JAMB and NIMC had already topped Twitter trend, as applicants took to the microblogging platform to air their thoughts and complaints on the issue.

“The required details for national ID reg are the same as the ones we used for BVN. Why can’t NIMC get info from FG, generate NIN for everyone, and send a soft copy of our ID card to us via email!” a candidate wrote.

“How do you expect them to read and prepared well for the exam when all they do every day is to just come and queue for NIMC. How do you expect them to pass without cheating?,” a stakeholder asked.

“I’ve been here since 8 am to help my kid bro register the NIMC, and the crowd here is massive. I’m not even sure the line is moving. Just one system available here. JAMB and NIMC should devise an easier way for this.”

JAMB had earlier announced that it would start selling UTME forms on January 13 ⁠— ahead of the March 14 date fixed for the commencement of the 2020 exam.



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