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NIN as prerequisite for JAMB registration: Senator Ubah calls for review

As Nigerian Senate moves to rescue prospective tertiary institution students from untold hardships

Today, being Tuesday, May 18, 2021, the Senator representing Anambra South in the National Assembly and national leader of Young Progressives Party (YPP), Senator Dr. Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah, sought the leave of the Senate through Order 42 and 52 to present a motion of urgent importance on the need to address the untold hardship caused by the introduction of the National Identity Number (NIN) as a compulsory requirement for JAMB Registration.

Senator Ubah called the attention of the Nigerian Senate to the widespread hardship young, promising and cerebral Nigerians are currently facing as a result of the decision of the Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board (JAMB) to include the National Identification Number (NIN) as a registration precondition for 2021 UTME.

This action was seen by the Distinguished Senator as an inconsiderate and premature decision that has further complicated the already rigorous process of both registering for JAMB examination and procuring the NIN.

He also reminded the Senate that JAMB initially attempted to start the implementation of this policy in 2020 but had to postpone it due to technical problems and irregularities bedeviling the process of obtaining NIN from the National Identity Management Company (NIMC).

From all indications, these technical hitches are yet to be addressed as the long queues at NIMC centers are a testimony to the fact that a well organized process is yet to be put in place to ease the stressful process of registration.

Available statistics indicate that in 2020, more than two million candidates registered for JAMB examination.

Presently, the introduction of NIN threatens to significantly lower the number of registered candidates in 2021 because majority of prospective candidates are just attaining the age when they can obtain the NIN.

This is a brazen infringement on the right to education of young Nigerians who may not be able to meet the deadline to obtain their NIN and register for JAMB.

Senator Ubah therefore emphasized on the urgent need to suspend this policy until the conditions for obtaining NIN improves tremendously.

The board (JAMB), he noted, already has enough logistic and technical problems to tackle.

Adding more complications will be counterproductive and only serve as a hindrance to young Nigerians desirous of getting into higher institutions to further their education.

Dr. Patrick Ubah’s motion was seconded by Senator Uche Ekwunife representing Anambra Central Senatorial District. The Nigerian Senate subsequently adopted this motion and accordingly resolved to:

1. Mandate the Federal Ministry of Education, JAMB and NIMC to review the implementation of this policy with a view to extending the JAMB registration deadline or suspending this requirement until there is a seamless and well organized process for obtaining the national identity number (NIN).

2. Urge the Federal Ministry of Education and NIMC to introduce/streamline a simple and decentralised NIN registration process where students would be able to obtain their NIN in their various accredited school premises.

“It is my expectation that the mandated ministries, agencies and parastatals will ensure holistic compliance and adopt appropriate measures”, the Senator said while answering questions from the press after the plenary .

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