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THE National  identity management commission (NMC) has announced that all enrolment centers nationwide will give preference to intending applicants who wish to sit for the 2020 UTME Examinations / Direct Entry Examinations and issuance of National Identification Number (NIN).

The announcement was made by the NMC DG/CEO Engr. ALIYU AZIZ of  the NMC head quarters, Abuja today 20th of November, 2019.

In regards to the pursuant to the collaboration between the Commission and the joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) for the 2020 UTME / DE Examinations, which is in line with the enforcement of the mandatory use of the NIN as provided in the NMC ACT of 2007.

Engr.Aziz In his remarks said the new policy forms part of the ongoing efforts aimed at curbing all unwholesome acts and interactions that have characterized UTME / DE Exams at the point of registration, examination and admission of applicants over the years.

He said “UTME/DE applicants are to be accorded special consideration in line with established standards of the enrollment processes that includes capturing of the biometric and demographic data of any applicants before issuance of the NIN Nad verifying the applicants of the point of UTME/DE registration.

He finally advice that parents/guardians should guide their wards carefully filling the enrolment forms to ensure names are arranged properly and the correct date of birth is registered. ” Where an applicant is below 16 years, such applicants would be required to provide the NIN of his /her parents or guardians and they must confirm that all information supplied to the enrollment officer on the applicants monitor in front of them at the point of registration is correct, he emphasized.

He asked all school authorities and education officers to inform parents and guardians on the importance of enrolling their children /wards for the NIN registration so as to enable the jamb registration commencement in January.


Nigerian Lawmakers Stop JAMB’s Use Of National ID For Exams.



Nigerian Lawmakers Stop JAMB’s Use Of National ID For Exams.

Nigerian lawmakers have unanimously suspended the use of the national identity card to sit the examination of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB).


The House of Representative on Wednesday asked the exam board to suspend its plan to use the ID card until 2021 to allow more prospective candidates to register and also to create more awareness.

The motion for the suspension was moved by Zainab Gimba.The lawmakers commended JAMB for collaborating with the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) while urging the commission to establish more registration centres to ease registration.


Gimba said the compulsory use of prospective candidates’ data from the NIMC’s database would remove the need for JAMB to capture the biometrics of candidates, thereby helping to curb multiple registrations and other forms of malpractices.

She said, “The house is worried however that many prospective candidates from remote locations in the country may not be able to register for the UTME due to non-registration with the NIMC.


The notice given by JAMB is too sudden and not sufficient to allow all prospective UTME candidates to be captured by the NIMC.”The house recalls that sometime this year, an official of the NIMC disclosed that less than 20 per cent of Nigerians were captured in the NIMC’s database.

Though there has been a massive turnout of Nigerians to be captured by the NIMC, most have been hindered by infrastructural challenges like poor internet network, power failure/no power supply and sometimes inadequate manpower or equipment to attend to them.

“The house is also concerned that younger Nigerians and minors constitute the larger number of those yet to be captured by the NIMC mainly due to the prior registration criteria which captured persons aged 18 and above only. JAMB needs to establish a better collaboration with the NIMC, state and local governments for efficient and less-stressful registration of prospective candidates.”

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