- Prospective UTME applicants are still applying for the NIN despite its suspension by JAMB
- JAMB had suspended the use of NIN due to the commission’s inability to manage the population surge
- However, some prospective applicants are still applying for the NIN, citing the fact that the identification number can be used for other purposes, among other reasons
Prospective applicants for the 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) are reportedly still flooding the offices of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) for registration.
This is despite the announcement by the Joint Admission Matriculation Board (JAMB) that the compulsory use of the National Identification Number (NIN) for registration had been suspended.
Recall that JAMB authorities had on Saturday, January 12, suspended the use of NIN due to the commission’s inability to manage the population surge.
Nigerian Tribune reports that prospective UTME applicants on Monday, January 13, still flooded the offices of the commission to register for their NIN.
One of the applicants, who spoke with the newspaper, said that getting the NIN now will help her when she needs it for other purposes.
The applicant further explained that getting the NIN now means she will not have to pass through the stress again if she has to do the UTME again in 2021.
Another applicant told the newspaper that he decided to get the NIN despite its suspension by JAMB because the identification number can be used for other numerous purposes.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the use of NIN will no longer be a prerequisite for the 2020 UTME and Direct Entry examination as it had been suspended till 2021.
Recall that JAMB had announced in 2019 that it will no longer register candidates who do not have the NIN for the UTME.
The board made the announcement of the suspension of NIN at an ongoing press conference, at its head office, at Bwari, Abuja.
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