The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has instructed all its prospective candidates to acquire the National Identification Number(NIN).
Speaking on the directive given the board’s spokesman, Fabian Benjamin, reaved that it was important for all prospective candidates of its UTME to get the NIN in order to checkmate every act of examination malpractice.
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,” Mr Benjamin said.
According to Benjamin, the board has made an 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 database will be the same as the one on JAMB’s data registration form,” he said.