Written by Godfrey AKON

JAMB insists on use of NIN to checkmate malpractice

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, has restated its resolve to introduce the use of National Identification Number, NIN, as a mandatory requirement for all intending candidates registering for the 2021 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME.

Registrar of JAMB, Prof Ishaq Oloyede, said the introduction of NIN is for security reasons and to checkmate examination malpractices, adding that the directive was from the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu.

Oloyede, who spoke in Bwari, Abuja during a virtual meeting with owners of Computer Based Test, CBT, Centres and other stakeholders to kick-start the 2021 UTME registration, said "We don't even require the name of the candidate, we just want the NIN we will then do the needful to pull the data of the candidate and the process will go on from there.

"It’s for security reasons; for us at our small level it helps us to avoid impersonation but there is a bigger picture of insecurity in the country and we know that many of this problems we have is because we have identification problem, we cannot identify every citizen, where he is and what he is doing.

"Government is trying to ensure that we have some strategy for improving the security system and of course if those who are coming in to the tertiary institution are exposed to this basic civil responsibility, it will be good to develop a culture of accountability because accountability starts from being identified."

He said candidates must make use of accessible sim cards which has never been used for UTME registration, said talks were ongoing with the minister of Communication and Digital Economy to grant a conditioned waiver to an estimated 20 percent of candidates without a sim card.

"We have told the National Communication Commission (NCC), approached the minister of Communication and Digital Economy and we are hopeful that we will be granted waiver with of course, conditionalities which we must ensure the candidates meet.

"Not all the candidates are without sim, 80 percent of the candidates already have their number, we are talking of the 20 percent and if we are fortunate enough to secure the waiver of the minister through the NCC, we will go ahead to make sure there is full compliance to the conditionalites because it is in our interest as a nation that those things that are put in place should be allowed to protect all of us."

 

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