By Bukola Adetoye
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Lagos area office, said 95% of applicants for the 2021 Unified Tertiary Enrollment Exams (UTMEs) met the mandatory National Identification Number (NIN) requirement. .
Mr. Shittu Billiaminu, acting director of JAMB, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Friday that the board has always worked with the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) to ensure that all candidates who wished to take the exam obtain their NIN.
NAN reports that the UTME 2021 exam will start from Saturday June 19 to July 3.
According to Billiaminu, the JAMB informed that candidates who did not obtain the NIN will not complete the JAMB registration successfully and will not sit for the exam.
He said NIN included 11 unique digit numbers attached to an individual for personal identification.
He said, however, that the board will hold a resit exam for candidates who had other outstanding issues that had not yet been resolved and who would not be able to take the exam when it was scheduled.
“However, a sweep exam, the date of which has not yet been announced, will be carried out,” said the boss of JAMB.
Billiaminu also said that JAMB and the federal government received NIN to perform accurate data and perform accurate planning.
He urged parents to allow their wards to manage JAMB registration themselves to ensure a proper registration process and better understanding between their wards and the board.
“One of the challenges we have is that parents don’t allow us to rest.
“They knock on the JAMB door every time and when we give them access, they can’t answer the questions we ask.
“When JAMB asks for the profile code of their pupils, some of them don’t know it.
“In fact, our policy is to deal directly with the candidates,” he said.
The Acting Director noted that JAMB would continue to meet the standard.
NAN reports that the examining body had, on July 14, opened the windows to its candidates who were unable to complete their registration due to the NIN’s difficulties in doing so. (NAA)