The use of National Identification Number (NIN) as a requirement for registration in the 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) has been suspended by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB).
The Herald gathered that the suspension also affected the JAMB’s Direct Entry Registration for the year.
The board explained that the NIN would be a necessary requirement in the 2021 UTME and Direct Entry registrations.
JAMB’s Registrar, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, who made this known at a press conference in Abuja attributed the action to what he called “technical reasons.”
The press conference was attended by top management staff of the National Identification Management Commission, NIMC, led by its Director-General, Aziz Aliyu.
Earlier, The Herald reported that the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board said over 650 Computer Based Test centres had so far been accredited for its upcoming 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).
The board fixed this year’s examination for March 14 to April 4, while an optional mock examination for candidates is scheduled for Feb. 18.
Similarly, the board had said that it would commence the sales of its registration documents from Monday, Jan. 13, to Monday, Feb. 17.
The Head, Media and Information of the board, Dr Fabian Benjamin, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Lagos that arrangements for the commencement of the sales of the documents nationwide had been concluded.