NIN Suspended, Not Cancelled – JAMB
By Dipo Omoware
The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) says suspending the use of the National Identification Number by Joint Admission Matriculation Board (JAMB) does not mean that it has been cancelled.
Regional Coordinator, NIMC Lagos, Mr Kayode Adegoke said this in an exclusive interview with 99.3 Nigeria Info on its morning show, the Morning Crossfire while speaking with Sheriff Quadri.
“The fact that it has been suspended does not mean that it has been cancelled,” he said.
He further continued, “Professor Ishaq Oloyede (Jamb Registrar) said emphatically that it has been suspended till 2021, so you have the opportunity now to go and enrol for the NIN.”
Mr Kayode also debunked rumours that NIMC staff extorted candidates who came to register for the NIN. He instead informed Sheriff that some parents of candidates preparing for the matriculation exam tried to bribe their way through the process.
“I arrested four parents, two of them were trying to bribe our staff to enrol their pupils, two actually lied against our staff”
Also speaking on the suspension of NIN requirement for prospective JAMB candidates, Spokesperson for JAMB, Dr Fabian Benjamin said the organisation “did not back track.”
“We only gave time for further preparation for the actual valuation of the dream that we had. It was a painful decision but we’ve come to the conclusion that as a responsive organisation we have to take that path.”
The JAMB official advised Nigerians not to “wait for the 11th hour before they rush to do things.” According to him, if candidates preparing for the exams had taken the announcement serious from August last year, the upsurge last week would not have happened.
“If we do things at the right time, we won’t be running into what we faced. No system will survive that kind of upsurge. No system,” he emphasized.