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UTME 2024: JAMB, NIMC set to meet as applicants face challenges over NIN

UTME 2024: JAMB and NIMC Set to Tackle Challenges Amidst Applicant Frustration Over NIN

One week into the commencement of the sales of forms for the 2024 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), prospective applicants are facing mounting challenges as they attempt to link their mobile telephone lines with their National Identification Number (NIN). Complaints range from difficulties in generating electronic pins for registration to discrepancies and inaccuracies in NIN details.

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The UTME, an annual entrance examination conducted by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), is a crucial step for candidates seeking admission into Nigerian tertiary institutions, including universities, polytechnics, colleges of education, and monotechnics. In a bid to combat malpractices such as impersonation, JAMB has mandated the use of NIN for the application process.

Despite the new measures, applicants, their parents, or guardians have expressed frustration over the hurdles encountered since the forms went on sale on January 15. One common grievance is the inability to generate the required profile code for registration, with messages like “No record found” prompting applicants to send emails to NIMC without receiving responses.

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Abiodun Omole, a guardian, expressed disappointment, stating that despite following instructions repeatedly, his nephew could not generate the required profile code. “This is disappointing and frustrating,” he said.

Another challenge reported is the discrepancy in information between the details provided at NIMC registration and those recorded at the point of UTME registration. Musefiu Alabi shared his experience, highlighting inconsistencies in the local government area and date of birth details. Changing such information incurs a cost of as much as N15,000 and takes time to process.

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Investigations by PREMIUM TIMES revealed that numerous applicants face data update or correction challenges with NIN but proceed with their JAMB registration due to financial constraints.

JAMB has responded to the mounting complaints, acknowledging the challenges and assuring swift intervention. Fabian Benjamin, Head of Public Affairs and Protocol for JAMB, stated that a meeting between the leadership of JAMB and NIMC is scheduled for today to address the concerns raised by applicants.

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“We are surprised by the volume of complaints, and I can assure you that these issues will be addressed,” Mr. Benjamin stated. He advised applicants to halt their UTME registration if they notice incorrect details in their NIN records, urging them to wait until the information is updated and corrected by NIMC.

Efforts to obtain a response from NIMC regarding the ongoing challenges were unsuccessful as calls to the Head of its Public Communications Unit, Kayode Adegoke, went unanswered. The meeting between JAMB and NIMC is eagerly anticipated by applicants as they hope for a resolution to the issues hampering the smooth registration process for the 2024 UTME.

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