The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB)
has called on all prospective candidates for its 2020
UTME to acquire the National Identification Number
(NIN).
The board's Spokesman, Dr Fabian Benjamin said on
Tuesday that the aim was to ensure the biometric and
other necessary details of a candidate were captured,
to check examination malpractice.
Benjamin said in a statement made available to the
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that the call
was necessary now that registration for the 2020
Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) had
begun.
"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.
According to Benjamin, the board has made adequate
arrangement with the NIMC for prospective candidates
to be registered at the examination centres or with its
licensed agents.
He said that for such candidates who had registered
and had acquired the NIN before attaining the age of
16, they would be required to update their NIN
registration status before registering for the UTME.
"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.

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