Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has disclosed that candidate of next year’s Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) will need to register with their National Identity Number (NIN) to sit for the exam.
This is coming following the collaboration between the Board and the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) to harmonise data of UTME candidates to reduce cost of registration and check underage registration.
The development was made known by the Registrar of JAMB, Ishaq Oloyede in Abuja on Monday at a stakeholders’ meeting among JAMB, NIMC and the Bureau of Public Service Reform (BPSR).
According to the JAMB boss, the partnership was to ensure that candidates who were eligible to sit for the examination were captured.
“So, those who are doing registration will collaborate with NIMC to make sure that we pay for one and you get two. A candidate will spend six years in primary school, secondary school six years making 12 years,” he said.
“If you are fortunate one way or the other and save one, two, three years of excessive speed,
“So, for me, if we have 15 years as they have agreed, nobody who is below 15 years should register; and anybody who is below 15 years let’s come and address that person specifically”
Speaking, also, on the matter, Aliyu Abubakar, the director-general of NIMC, said the idea was to enable NIMC duplicate those data for national security and development.
“We have already got the approval of Federal Executive Council to ensure that private and government agencies that are already capturing data should capture to the standard set by NIMC so that we can duplicate those data,” he said.