The Joint Admissions and Enrollment Board (JAMB) has asked all potential candidates for its 2020 UTME to acquire the National Identification Number (NIN).
Board spokesman Dr. Fabian Benjamin said on Tuesday that the goal was to ensure that a candidate’s biometric details and other necessary details were captured to verify the harmful practice of the exam.
Benjamin said in a statement made available to the Nigeria News Agency (NAN) in Lagos that the call was necessary now that registration for the Unified Tertiary Enrollment Exam 2020 (UTME) had begun.
“The JAMB, during the 2020 registration exercise, will use the National Identity Number (NIN) generated after a successful registration with the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC). This includes the capture of biometric details and other details necessary for the registration of all possible candidates.
Candidates are required to register since the board will no longer be responsible for capturing the candidates’ biometrics before the exam since all the required information will be loaded from the data obtained by the NIMC.
From now on, the NIN will be mandatory for UTME registration,” said Benjamin. According to Benjamin, the board has made appropriate arrangements with the NIMC for potential candidates to register at the examination centers or with their authorized agents.
He said that for those candidates who had registered and acquired the NIN before they turned 16, they would be required to update their NIN registration status before registering for the UTME.
“In case a candidate loses or misses his NIN, the candidate can retrieve it by going to the NIMC office; your licensed agent or dial * 346 # (USSD code on the SIM card number previously used to register with the NIN). The name of the candidate as indicated in the NIMC database will be the same as in the JAMB data registration form,” he said.