By Olumide Wilson
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has forthwith suspended the compulsory use of the National Identification Number (NIN) for candidates sitting for the 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).
The latest action was taken during a meeting between JAMB Registrar, Prof. Isiaq Oloyede with commissioners of education from the 36 states of the federation and other stakeholders.
Prof. Isiaq Oloyede, during a press briefing said the decision to suspend the policy is to allow enough time for candidates to acquire their NIN.
The JAMB registrar stated that the need to introduce the initiative in the first instance was based on the law made by the National Assembly, and anybody that fails to implement the NIN is liable on conviction.
However, according to him, the decision to suspend the process is coming on the heels of criticisms about the timing of the new policy by the examination body and the difficulty in obtaining the NIN.
By this decision, candidates can now apply with or without the NIN for the 2020 JAMB UTME, which is expected to commence on January 13
Meanwhile, many students who are yet to register for NIN have expressed satisfaction with the latest decision.
According to those who spoke with WesternLifeNews correspondents, the action of the JAMB to suspend the use if NIN till next year, has taken off the stress, that many of them have been experiencing since last year.