The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board JAMB has suspended the use of the National Identification Number for registration in the 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination UTME.
JAMB registrar, Professor Ishaq Oloyede, who announced this while briefing journalists in Abuja on Saturday, said the move was to provide more time for candidates to get their national identification numbers.
The JAMB registrar said the suspension was also to allow for time to address some technical challenges being experienced by candidiates.
Professor oloyede asked candidates to disregard the use of NIN and adhere to other means of registration made available by the board.
He said JAMB may consider the use of NIN on the 2021 exams.
Director General National Identity Management Agency, Engineer Aliyu Azeez who was present at the briefing regretted the suspension blaming it on inadequate capturing centres across the country.
NIMC D.G said instead of about 4000 centres required for the rush they only have just around 1000.
JAMB registrar had uptill the last week of 2019 vowed that it will adhere strictly to the use of NIN which is a federal government policy asking agencies like JAMB to rely on the data from the National identity management agency (NIN).
JAMB had on December 23, 2019 announced that sale of forms for 2020 UTME will begin on Monday, january 13, 2020 and the test slated for march, the registrar did not however talked about any shift in date for these schedules.