JAMB insists on use of national ID card for UTME

JAMB insists on use of national ID card for UTME

- JAMB insists it will only register candidates with the National Identity Number (NIN) for the 2020 UTME

- The examination board has since asked prospective candidates to visit the nearest NIMC centre for capturing

- JAMB had earlier announced its partnership with the NIMC to clampdown on impersonation and other forms of exam malpractice

The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has insisted that the National Identity Management Number (NIM) will be used in the conduct of its exams.

Ishaq Oloyede, the board’s registrar, made this known on Wednesday, December 18 during a meeting with stakeholders in Kaduna state, The Cable reports.

Following its decision to use NIM during the 2020 UTME, Oloyede said those benefitting from registration and exam frauds have continued to mount a negative campaign against the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC).

JAMB insists on use of national ID card for UTME

Oloyede stated that no amount of campaign will force JAMB to drop the idea. Photo credit: JAMB
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His words: “With the current campaign against NIMC, I could see deliberate efforts at running the commission down so that we can consider not collaborating with them. Those benefitting from registration scandals are mounting a campaign against NIMC.

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“We are collaborating with NIMC. They are upright and just last week, five staff were sacked because they collected bribe. So as you interact with NIMC, don’t have it in mind that you are interacting with corrupt people, no, they are not.

“Unless I’m wrong, more than 40 per cent of our candidates have obtained their NIN while the remaining ones are running helter-skelter to have theirs.”

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JAMB had earlier announced its partnership with the NIMC to clampdown on impersonation and other forms of exam malpractice ahead of its forthcoming Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination.

A month ago, the House of Representatives faulted the resolve of JAMB to only register candidates with NIN for its forthcoming exams.

According to the lawmakers, it is necessary for JAMB to review the timeline of the implementation, pending the establishment of more enrolment centres by the NIMC across the country.

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