The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, has explained that it introduced the use of the National Identity Number, NIN, for registration of the 2021 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME, to checkmate examination malpractices.
The JAMB Registrar, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, made this disclosure in Abuja on Friday during a virtual meeting with owners of Computer Based Test Centre, service providers and other stakeholders to kick start the 2021 UTME registration.
Oloyede stated that the use of NIN as a prerequisite for registration was from the Minister of Education. According to him, the idea was also for security reasons.
He said: “We don’t even require the names of the candidate, we just want the NIN, we will then do the needful to pull the data of the candidate and the process will go on from there.
“It’s for security reasons; for us, at our small level it helps us to avoid impersonation but there is a bigger picture of insecurity in the country and we know that many of these problems we have are caused by identification problem, we cannot identify every citizen, where he is and what he is doing.
“Government is trying to ensure that we have some strategy for improving the security system and of course if those who are coming into the tertiary institution are exposed to this basic civil responsibility, it will be good to develop a culture of accountability because accountability starts from being identified.”
Oloyede who noted that candidates must make use of accessible sim cards which has never been used for UTME registration said talks were ongoing with the minister of Communication and Digital Economy to grant a conditioned waiver to an estimated 20 per cent of candidates without a sim card.
“We have told the National Communication Commission (NCC), approached the minister of Communication and Digital Economy and we are hopeful that we will be granted waiver with, of course, conditionalities which we must ensure the candidates meet.
“Not all the candidates are without sim, 80 per cent of the candidates already have their number, we are talking of the 20 per cent and if we are fortunate enough to secure the waiver of the minister through the NCC, we will go ahead to make sure there is full compliance to the conditionality because it is in our interest as a nation that these things that are put in place should be allowed to protect all of us.”
However, the registrar also warned that no CBT is allowed to register candidates for NIN, noting that any centre found engaging in such an act would be sanctioned.
“No JAMB accredited CBT centre is allowed as an agent of NIMC in the enrollment of NIN,” he said.
While cautioning owners of CBT centres against examination malpractice, the JAMB Registrar said all centres owned by the same owners of a centre caught in the moral act would be suspended.
He further noted that over 100 centres were delisted between 2020 and 2021 for various infractions including registration and examination malpractice.