The Federal Government has emphasized that the use of a National Identification Number (NIN) is a mandatory requirement for UTME registration. This was made known by the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, in Abuja during the 2020 Ministerial press briefing.
He directed the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), to work out modalities with the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) for implementation.
According to Adamu, “the use of the National Identity Number (NIN) for JAMB registration by candidates is now a government policy.
“JAMB is working closely with the National Identity Management Commission, to ensure the sustainability of this policy and eliminate multiple registrations,” he said.
He added that candidates would have to use their National Identity Cards all the way to universities and other tertiary institutions and even beyond.
Adamu also revealed that the government has built, equipped and standardized over 650 JAMB examination centres while planning to build additional 800 centres in 2021 and 1,000 in 2022 and 1,200 in 2023.
If you are yet to get your NIN and intend to register for the 2021 UTME, you are advised to do so as soon as possible as we expect the 2021 UTME registration to commence any moment from now. 2021 UTME Candidates are equally advised to start preparing for their exams using the JAMB CBT software and JAMB CBT app.
Earlier: Prospective JAMB Candidates Are To Link Their Applications To Their NIN – NIMC
Prospective Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) candidates from 2021 will now have to link their applications to their National Identification Number (NIN).
This is coming after the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) and the National Identification and Management Commission (NIMC) entered into a partnership to have the NIN as part of JAMB’s registration criteria.
NIMC’s Head of Corporate Affairs, Mr Kayode Adegoke who revealed that the agreement was made earlier this year, explained that the NIN was not used in the 2020 examinations due to technical hitches.
He, however, maintained that the technical issues have been resolved and assured that the Commission was ready to capture all the candidates because all necessary steps have been taken.
According to him, his conviction stems from the recent licensing of 203 agents by the Federal Government who are due to commence work immediately after Christmas celebrations. He stressed that with this, the NIMC can capture the over two million UTME candidates.
He further advised prospective UTME candidates to take advantage of the ample time to get their NIN so as to avoid rush and failure to register.
Meanwhile, JAMB has explained that it did not sign any contract with the NIMC on the compulsory use of NIN as a requirement for its UTME registration.
JAMB’s Head of Media and Information, Dr Fabian Benjamin clarified that what JAMB signed with the agency was a partnership and not a contract.
The Board insisted that it merely agreed to forge a partnership with the NIMC on the compulsory registration of its UTME candidates.
Earlier: JAMB Suspends Compulsory Use of NIN for 2020 UTME/DE Registration
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has suspended the compulsory use of the National Identification Number (NIN) for the registration of candidates for the 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and Direct Entry until 2021.
The JAMB Registrar, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, disclosed this during a briefing at the headquarters of the board in Bwari, Abuja. According to him, the move was to provide more time for candidates to get their national identification numbers.
It was gathered that the decision to suspend the use of NIN for 2020 UTME registration followed criticisms from the public over the poor timing of the policy and the difficulty in obtaining the NIN by prospective candidates.
With this development, candidates can now apply for the 2020 UTME/DE
The compulsory use of NIN will now be considered as from 2021 to enable the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) to have registration canters around computer-based test (CBT) centers across the country for candidates who do not have the NIN to avoid difficulties in registering and writing the examination.
Earlier: 2020 JAMB: Prospective UTME Candidates Storms NIMC Office Over NIN
Reports has it that Prospective candidates for the 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) to have stormed the Lagos office of National Identity Management Commission, (NIMC) in a bid to get their National Identification Number (NIN) before the commencement of JAMB Registration.
It was gathered that the students were seen as early as 7 am in large numbers outside the Lagos State Enrolment Centres of NIMC office at 1b Obafemi Awolowo Way, Alausa Ikeja.
Recall that JAMB made it mandatory that all prospective candidates for the 2020 UTME/DE must obtain National Identification Numbers before they can register for the examination
The Acting-Director-General of National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), Hadiza Dagabana, applauded the development stating that it would help to stop impersonation and other forms of malpractices.
According to her, registration for NIN had already started at the Primary School level of education across the country.
Earlier: UTME and DE Candidates to be Accorded Preference in Obtaining NIN in 2021
The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) following its directive to have all prospective UTME/DE Candidates enroll for the NIN before registering for 2021 UTME/DE examination, the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has directed its enrollment canters nationwide to give preference to applicants who will be taking the 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME)/Direct Entry (DE) examinations.
The announcement was made by the NIMC DG/CEO Engr. Aliyu Aziz at the NIMC headquarters, Abuja.
He stated that this move is in pursuant to the collaboration between the Commission and the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) to make the NIN a compulsory requirement for all applicants wishing to sit for the 2020 UTME/DE Examinations which is also in line with the enforcement of the mandatory use of the NIN as provided in the NIMC ACT of 2007. Engr. Aziz said the new policy forms part of the ongoing efforts aimed at curbing all unwholesome acts and infractions that have characterized UTME/DE exams at the point of registration, examination and admission of applicants over the years.
He advised that parents/guardians should guide their wards in carefully filling the enrolment forms to ensure names are arranged properly and the correct date of birth is registered. “Where an applicant is below 16 years, such applicant (s) would be required to provide the NIN of his/her parent or guardian and they must confirm that all information supplied to the enrolment officer on the applicant’s monitor in front of them at the point of registration is correct” he emphasized.
The NIMC DG/CEO further enjoined all school authorities and local education secretaries to inform and educate parents and students on the importance of registering for the National Identification Number (NIN) to enable students and applicants to sit for the 2020 UTME/DE registration commencing in January.
The DG/CEO finally reiterated that the success of this collaboration is dependent on the cooperation and participation of all stakeholders and called for the support of the general public in the exercise.
Earlier: Only 40% UTME Candidates Have Obtained NIN – JAMB Registrar
The Registrar of Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Professor Ishaq Oloyede, has disclosed that about 40 percent of JAMB candidates have already obtained National Identity Number (NIN) in the country. He disclosed this at a meeting with Computer Based Test centres, Technical Advisors, Service providers (MTN, Airtell, Galaxy backbone etc) and other stakeholders in Kaduna.
He asserted that the campaign against NIN is mainly orchestrated by those benefiting from registration and examination scandals and added that the current campaign against NIMC, will not stop JAMB from collaborating with them.
Prof Oloyede equally called on the Computer Professional Registration Council of Nigeria (CPRCN), to help JAMB pay particular attention to CCTV as the board has observed that some computer-based test (CBT) centres are tampering with CCTV camera in collaboration with JAMB’s technical officers.
Earlier: JAMB Insists on NIN for Registration of UTME Candidates
The Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Ishaq Oloyede, has reinstated that no amount of propaganda can prevent the board from using the National Identity Management Number (NIM) in the conduct of its exams. He made this known at a meeting on Wednesday 18 Dec when he met with CBT centres, technical advisors, and service providers at the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, Kaduna state.
Recall that, JAMB had earlier announced its partnership with the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) to reduce the rate of impersonation and other forms of exam malpractice ahead of its forthcoming Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME). He said only those who have been benefiting from multiple registrations and exam fraud are mounting negative press against the use of NIN.