JAMB Set To Adopts NIN for 2021 UTME Registration

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JAMB Set To Adopts NIN for 2021 UTME Registration

LATEST UPDATE:- NIN Will Be Used for 2021 UTME Candidates – JAMB 

This is despite the fact that the attempt to do so this year failed because of hiccups that trailed the exercise which eventually led to its abandonment at the end of the day.

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB and the National Identification and Management Commission, NIMC, have revealed the exercise will be part of the criteria for registering for UTME in 2021.

Both agencies entered into an agreement early this year to make UTME candidates have their applications linked to their NIN, however, given the directive by government that GSM operators should have the lines of their customers linked to their NIN, the pressure on NIMC is becoming overwhelming.

The Head of Corporate Affairs in the Commission, Mr. Kayode Adegoke, said the NIN will be used as one of the criteria to register UTME candidates from next year because the earlier agreement signed between the two agencies is still subsisting.

He explained that the NIN was not used in 2020 exercise due to some technical hitches that have been taken care of by the agency.

He assured that NIMC was ready for the partnership as the agency had put all necessary machinery in motion to capture all the candidates.

On whether NIMC would have the capacity to capture the over two million prospective UTME candidates, he said measures had been put in place to capture at least four million persons in a month.

In addition, Adegoke said with the recent licensing of 203 agents to boost the capacity of the agency, the issue of capturing two million UTME candidates would not be an issue since the number of enrolment would be increased when the agents come on board next week.

He advised the prospective UTME candidates to take advantage of ample time they have now to get their NIN so as to avoid rushing hour and consequential denial to register.

‘‘They are not coming now that they have four months to enroll, it is when it remains one week that you see them rushing. There is no need to rush, if they start early now they have four months, they will all be registered. But you see, they will be coming one week to the deadline.


The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has suspended the compulsory use of the National Identification Number (NIN) for the registration of candidates for the 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and Direct Entry until 2021 Registration.


The JAMB Registrar, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, disclosed this during a briefing at the headquaters of the board in Bwari, Abuja. According to him, the move was to provide more time for candidates to get their national identification numbers.

JAMB Suspends Compulsory Use of NIN For 2020 UTME/DE Registration
JAMB Set To Adopts NIN for 2021 UTME Registration

It was gathered that the decision to suspend the use of NIN for 2020 UTME registration followed criticisms from the public over the poor timing of the policy and the difficulty in obtaining the NIN by prospective candidates.

The Board also disclosed that the reason for the adoption of the new method is to guard against all forms of registration infractions and also for national security.

The Adoption of NIN entails that the board will no longer need to capture the biometrics of candidates during 2021 UTME registration as their information needed by the board would be uploaded directly from the data captured by the NIMC for registration.

In a process whereby such candidates misplaced the SIM number used for the NIN registration, such candidate should visit the nearest NIMC centre or any of its licensed agents for manual retrieval process.

Each Candidate’s name will be arranged as gotten from the NIMC registration database and at such candidates are expected to fill in their correct names and other details while enrolling for the National Identification Number (NIN).

The compulsory use of NIN will now be considered as from 2021 to enable the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) to have registration centres around computer-based test (CBT) centres across the country for candidates who do not have the NIN to avoid difficulties in registering and writing the examination.


JAMB Set To Adopts NIN for 2021 UTME Registration


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