JAMB: Struggle for NIN nearly ends with stampede in Lagos

JAMB: Struggle for NIN nearly ends with stampede in Lagos

- The insistence by JAMB for UTME candidates to get NIN number for the 2019 examination seems to have backfired

- Thousands have thronged NIMC offices nationwide exposing the government agency as incapable of handling the situation

- All over social media, it is complaints galore as students, parents and others decry the situation

Young Nigerians hoping to sit for the 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) also known on Friday, January 10 gathered at the Lagos office of the National Identity Management Commission, (NIMC) to register for their National Identification Number (NIN).

NIN is a new requirement to write the UTME exams according to the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board JAMB).

JAMB registrar, Professor Ishaq Oloyede told journalists last year that the move is aimed towards cracking down on impersonators and other identity-related examination malpractice.

JAMB: Struggle for NIN nearly ends with stampede in Lagos

Security personnel on ground at the NIMC office struggle to keep the crowd in check during the exercise.
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The move by JAMB, however, seems to have failed as getting the NIN is now a struggle amongst prospective candidates.

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All over social media, it is complaints galore as many decry the situation.

Legit.ng visited the Alausa office on Friday, January 10 to monitor the situation and there was almost a stampede at the venue as candidates struggle to get the NIN.

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Last year, 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.

JAMB insisted on going ahead with the plan despite the lawmakers' opposition to the initiative.

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