More facts have emerged with regards reasons the National Identity Management Commission, NIMC, could not meet up with regards the National Identification Number registration of potential candidates for 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME.
NIMC requires about 10,000 registration centres, but can only boost of 1,000 centre presently.
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, suspended the use of NIN for registration for the 2020, attributing it to ‘technical’ issues.
The Registrar of JAMB, Ishaq Oloyede, who stated this while briefing journalists in Abuja on Saturday, January 11, 2020, said the move was to provide more time for candidates to get their national identification numbers.
The JAMB boss said the suspension was also to address the technical challenges experienced at some centres.
The JAMB Registrar asked candidates to disregard the use of NIN for the 2020 registration and strictly comply with other procedures for the registration.
He however said that JAMB will consider the use of NIMC for 2021 exams.
he board last year said from 2020, candidates will register for its examinations with their national ID number to solve the challenges of multiple registration.
NIMC explains the ‘technical’ issues
Well, the Director General of National Identification Management Commission, NIMC, Engr. Aziz Aliyu, has come out to explain their side of the story.
He explained that the action of JAMB in suspending the NIM was based on the commission’s advice.
While noting that “the purpose of the collaboration is to stop fraud and examination malpractices related to identity”, he said: “The main thrust and commitment of government is to provide legal identity in the form of unique digital identity to enable access to services, rights and also protection.”
“Any good foundational ID system must also have linkages with functional ID system hence the collaboration and partnership with public and private sector organisations including JAMB,” he said.
He spoke further: “Our collaboration with JAMB is in the alignment with the law and also the government’s policy of leveraging authenticated NIN for service provision.
“The upsurge and demand for NIN within the limited centres and also facilities have caused a review and rethink for us to consider a shift in the commencement date for the use of NIM as prerequisite for JAMB registrations.
“This is to give more time to intending applicants to obtain NIN, roll out more registration centres and equipment nationwide under the Digital Identity Ecosystem and provide identity authentication and verification services anytime and anywhere.
“So we enjoined Prof. (Oloyedo) to appeal to the general public to ensure that they register to obtain their NIM within this timeline to avoid any enforcement drive.
“As the collaboration continues, we implore all parents and students registering JAMB in 2021 to ensure that they enroll themselves and their children in good time to avoid this last-minute rush.
“Though we have about 2million JAMB registered but when they come to our office, they come with their own parents and usually they will come with their siblings to say let’s do this thing once, therefore, to us we calculated this and result was like 10 million people coming to our centre within a short period of time
“We have only 1,000 centres and but based on the standard, we are supposed to have at least, 4,000 centres. With the coming year, with the ecosystem in place, we believe that we would have more than 10,000 centres so that we will eliminate all the rush. “And also, we have studied the statistics from JAMB data but about 15 percent is in Lagos, all the others have either two or three percent.
“Therefore, the crowd in Lagos is like four times the one in Abuja and the one in Abuja is also four times than the one in my state, Adamawa”