The Joint Admission and Matriculations Board, JAMB, has advised candidates for the 2020 UTME to ensure they have the National Identity Number (NIN).
JAMB spokesman. Dr. Fabian Benjamin stated that the aim is to ensure biometric and other details were captured towards curtailing examination malpractices.
“The JAMB will, during the 2020 registration exercise, use the National Identity Number (NIN) generated after successful registration with the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC).
“This includes the capturing of biometric and other necessary details for the registration of all prospective candidates.
“Candidates are enjoined to register as the board will no longer be responsible for the capturing of candidates’ biometrics ahead of the examination, as all information required will be uploaded from the data captured by the NIMC.
“Henceforth, the NIN will be compulsory for the UTME registration,” Benjamin said.
He added that candidates who already have NIN will have to update their status for the UTME registration.
“In case a candidate lost or misplaced his NIN, the candidate can retrieve it by either going to the NIMC office; its licensed agent or dial *346# (USSD code on the SIM card number earlier used to register for the NIN).
“Candidate’s name as stated on the NIMC data base will be the same as the one on JAMB’s data registration form,” he said.
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board has suspended 17 Computer-Based Test centres from registering candidates for the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination over reasons revolving malpractices.
The suspended CBT centres are Matar Miseri Cordiae Centre and Mardakem Company Limited, both in Akwa-Ibom State; Bintels Global Services, Anambra State; Global ICT Connect Limited, Benue State; Swiftcom Global, Cross River State; Sapele Technical College, Delta State; Evangel University, Ebonyi State; Bishop Gabriel CBT Centre and DA Civic Centre, both in Edo State.
Others are; University of Benin ICT Centre and Netskills Digital Solutions, both in Edo State; College of Education, Ikere-Ekiti and St. Silas Anglican School, both in Ekiti State; Medes ICT Centre in Ondo State; Divine Success CBT Centre in Oyo State; Riyom ICT Centre in Plateau State, and Taraba State University CBT Centre in Taraba State.
With over 1.6 million persons now registered for the exam, JAMB further disclosed that the registration of candidates will end on Thursday, February 21.
The Chairman of JAMB’s Governing Board, Dr Emmanuel Ndukwe in a statement disclosed thus:
“The 2019 registration commenced on Thursday, January 10, and is expected to end on Thursday, February 21. There would be no extension of the exercise as the deadline remains sacrosanct.
“To ensure that Nigerians are not exploited or have their data mutilated, the board has regulated the registration exercise so that we may obtain the actual statistics that will reflect the realities on the ground.
“Any centre we find not complying with the ethics of registration will be sanctioned and we believe that this is the way to go in ensuring that the right things are done. All requirements have been defined and agreed upon by the board and centre owners.”