The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has explained why it suspended the use of the National Identification Number as a requirement for registration in the 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UMTE).
The suspension also affecte the Direct Entry (DE) registration for the year.
Speaking at a press conference in Abuja on Saturday, JAMB Registrar, Prof. Isha-q Oloyede attributed the decision to what he called technical reasons.
The conference was attended by top management staff of the National Identification Management Commission (NIMC), led by its Director-General, Aziz Aliyu.
The JAMB registrar cited ongoing difficulties being faced by candidates in the NIN registration, adding that the NIN requirement as a precondition for the UTME and Direct
Entry registrations had been set aside for this year’s UTME and DE registrations.
Oloyede said the NIN would, however, be a necessary requirement in the 2021 UTME and Direct Entry registrations.
Candidates had facef difficulties during NIN registration including alleged extortion by National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) officials.
The JAMB spokesman, Dr Benjamin Fabian had disclosed that examination malpractices syndicates were behind the hitches at the NIN registration centres.