We’ve Been Bitten by the NIN Bug-JAMB


The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, JAMB, has admitted being hit by the effects of NIN as it suffers revenue declined from the sale of the 2021 forms for both the unified tertiary matriculation and direct entry examinations. According to JAMB, its revenue suffered a decline as a number of prospective candidate could not enroll following their inability to acquire the NIN a requisite for its examinations registration processes.
Information gleaned from JAMB’s weekly bulletin indicates that whereas the board made N6,563,086,710 from its 2020 sale of forms, it made N5,887,628,900 from the just concluded 2021 examinations.
JAMB’s director of press and public relations, Dr Fabian Benjamin, disclosed that NIN for registration requirement made it impossible for a number of prospective candidates to register for the examination, a situation which he disclosed, led to a decline in the number of registered candidates and subsequent reduction in proceeds generated from sale of forms. N5,887,628,900 f
“Last year, we had over two million candidates who registered for the examinations, both the UTME and DE. But this year, we are talking about between 1.3 million and 1.4 million. We know factors such as the introduction of the NIN to the registration process were responsible. From the information on ground, the NIN did not make lots of candidates register and you know before now we have been having cases of multiple registrations and that was why we brought in the NIN.”
The 2021 enrollment figures is coming from the fees paid by the 1,338,687 candidates who registered for UTME and 75,328 for direct entry examination. It is a shortfall of the 2020 combined figures which stood at over 2 million.

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