Many parents of candidates, who want to sit for this year’s Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), have expressed their discontent with the frustrations their wards are faced with getting their National Identification Numbers (NIN).
The difficulties being experienced in securing NIN had initially led to the shift in the start of the registration for the examination.
Some of the parents expressed their feelings on the Social media page of an education online group, the Concerned Parents & Educators (CPE), stating that the pressure to get the NIN has caused pains to many candidates who want to register for UTME.
Mr. Francis Peter, a parent stated that the approach JAMB took was uncalled for.
“If you take the wrong approach to do something good, it will be abused.
“If JAMB’s activities are being hampered because of the need to get NIN, what happens to those students that paid as much as N5000 to get NIN?
“What is not supposed to be a problem, has become very cumbersome and some NIMC officials have made millions from it” he said
Some parents wondered why on earth would JAMB become so clueless to wait until UTME registration before announcing NIN as compulsory requirement for registration.
“Why couldn’t this wait until next UTME when NIMC must have hopefully got their act together? Their registration system is flawed and causing frustration to so many, yet they decided to make NIN compulsory for many important things”, a parent asked.
Mrs. Olayinka Nowo-Sanusi, a parenrt, called on the government to integrate NIN into the birth certificate of every citizen to ease stakeholders from hiccups being faced over it.
“Why can’t the country start a system where every birth must be registered digitally at the local government within two weeks?
“The hospital sends details of birth to the LG.. issues a “pass” to the parents to take to LG, to register names of baby and parents get issued a birth certificate.
“By this all children get a digital footprint, when they turn 15/16, they get issued a NIN automatically, by the system just like NIs are issued in the UK”, she requested.
Professor Ishaq Oloyede, the Registrar, JAMB, reiterated that the Board introduced the use of NIN in the registration for UTME to checkmate examination malpractice.
“We don’t even require the name of the candidate, we just want the NIN and we will then do the needful to pull the data of the candidate and the process will go on from there.
“It is for security reasons; for us at our small level, it helps us to avoid impersonation but there is a bigger picture of insecurity in the country and we know that many of the problems we have is because we have identification problem, we cannot identify every citizen, where he is and what he is doing.”
“Government is trying to ensure that we have some strategy for improving the security system and of course if those who are coming in to the tertiary institution are exposed to this basic civil responsibility, it will be good to develop a culture of accountability because accountability starts from being identified,” he said.
He stated this in Abuja during a virtual meeting with owners of Computer-Based Test Centres, service providers, and other stakeholders, that the directive for the use of NIN as a prerequisite for registration was from the Minister of Education, saying the motive was also for security reasons.