Why we made NIN mandatory ― JAMB explains



By Joseph Erunke

THE Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, has explained that it introduced the use of National Identity Number, NIN, for registration of the 2021 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME, to checkmate examination malpractices.

JAMB’s Registrar, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, who said this, disclosed 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 name 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…

Source: Vanguard Newspaper