The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, has attributed the suspension of the use of the National Identification Number for the 2020 UTME and Direct Entry registrations to technical reasons and stakeholders’ concerns.

The UTME and DE registrations were scheduled to begin on Monday, January 13 and end on February 17, 2019.

Announcing the suspension at a press conference in Abuja, JAMB Registrar, Professor. Ishaq Oloyede, cited difficulties being faced by candidates in the NIN registration, pointing out that the NIN requirement as a precondition for the UTME and DE registrations had been set aside for this year’s registrations.

Oloyede said NIN would, however,  be a necessary requirement in the 2021 UTME and Direct Entry registrations, adding that plans were underway for the provision of a more advanced system that would be more efficient for the exercise.

JAMB Registrar disclosed that the Board and NIMC would continue to share intelligence reports as well as other plans for the smooth conduct of the exercise in the future.

He stated that NIN as a requirement for UTME registration was to tackle identity fraud during the examinations

Also speaking, the Director-General of NIMC, Mr Aliyu Azeez, said the suspension was necessary as the Commission was overwhelmed by the exercise within the short time given.

He said NIMC had only 1,000 centres across the country for the exercise and would need up to 4,000 centres to be able to cope.

Azeez, however, stated that the partnership with JAMB would continue while advising parents and candidates for the 2021 exercise to use the opportunity to acquire the number within the stipulated time to avoid last-minute rush.

NIMC DG also said by 2021, registration would be available at JAMB Computer-Based Tests centres nationwide with operators on ground to capture candidates.

JAMB spokesman, Dr Benjamin Fabian, had alleged that examination malpractice syndicates were behind the hitches at the NIN registration centers.

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