The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has made the National Identification Number compulsory for 2020 UTME candidates.
The board’s Spokesman, Dr Fabian Benjamin stated this on Tuesday in Lagos.
In a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria, Benjamin said the move was to check examination malpractice.
“The JAMB will, during the 2020 registration exercise, use the National Identity Number generated after successful registration with the National Identity Management Commission.
“This includes the capturing of biometric and other necessary details for the registration of all prospective candidates.
“Candidates are enjoined to register as the board will no longer be responsible for the capturing of candidates’ biometrics ahead of the examination, as all information required will be uploaded from the data captured by the NIMC.
“Henceforth, the NIN will be compulsory for the UTME registration,” Benjamin said.
He also disclosed that lost and misplaced NIN can be retrieve at NIMC office.
Benjamin said “In case a candidate lost or misplaced his NIN, the candidate can retrieve it by either going to the NIMC office; its licensed agent or dial *346# (USSD code on the SIM card number earlier used to register for the NIN).
“Candidate’s name as stated on the NIMC database will be the same as the one on JAMB’s data registration form”