The Joint Admissions and matriculation Board(JAMB) has asked all prospective candidates for its 2020 UTME get the National Identification Number(NIN).
The board’s spokesperson, Dr Fabian Benjamin aforesaid on Tuesday that the aim was to make sure the biometric and different necessary details of a candidate were captured to tackle examination malpractice.
Benjamin aforesaid during a statement created out there to the news agency of nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that the decision was necessary now that registration for the 2020 Unified Tertiary matriculation Examination (UTME) had begun.
“The 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 different necessary details for the registration of all prospective candidates.
“Candidates should enjoined to register because the board will not be responsible for the capturing of candidates’ data and information prior the examination, as all information acquired will be uploaded from the data captured by the NIMC.
“Henceforth, the NIN will be compulsory for the UTME registration,” Benjamin said.
According to Benjamin, the board has made 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 declared on the NIMC data base will be the same as the one on JAMB’s data registration form,” he said.