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UTME Candidates In Dilemma of NIN

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ElevateNews takes a look at the dilemma of UTME candidates at the NIMC office over NIN.

Many candidates for this year Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination may miss the opportunity due to lack of National Identification Number, NIM.

This is because the National Identification Management Company is failing in its responsibility to register the candidates as demanded by the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, JAMB.

The JAMB Registrar, Professor Ishaq Oloyede had requested that all candidates for this year UTME, which begins in February get NIN.

Getting to NIMC office, Alausa Ikeja on Monday, the candidates realised that to acquire a National Identity Card is rocket science in Nigeria.

The NIMC office was jam-packed as early as 7am on Monday with the candidates but only 200 of them out of about 1000 could be attended to.

According to one of the candidates, Miss Ronke Ajadi, an officer of the NIMC announced that only 200 would be attended to. She said, “I am 431 on the list, which means I will have to come back tomorrow”.

With Ajadi’s position on the list, it is not realistic that NIMC could capture her until Wednesday if the company will register 200 daily.

A mother, Mrs. Alimotu Lasisi described the situation at the NIMC as unbearable, adding that many candidates might miss this year UTME due to lack of NIN.

“I have followed my daughter down here for NIN but with this crowd and the attitude of NIMC officials, we may have to come back later.”

She told our correspondent that she arrived the NIMC alongside her daughter as early as 6:30 am on Monday but met a mammoth crowd. “I am disappointed with the whole process of getting NIN,” she said.

It will be recalled that our correspondent who registered for National Identity Card at NIMC in 2014 is yet to get it six years after. As at last week when our correspondent visited the place, the ID card was not ready.

The NIMC official (Names withheld) who attended to our correspondent said it was not the company’s fault that an ID card is not ready six years after the NIN was issued. He attributed the delay to the Federal Government’s lack of political will to hasten the process.

To him, the only way many of these candidates will not miss the UTME is for JAMB to extend the date of the examination so that the candidates could receive their NIN.

“We are short-staffed with no adequate equipment to attend to these thousands of students. We have not relaxed at all throughout today just to help the candidates,” the NIMC official said.

There is an urgent need for the government to attend to the plight of these candidates. They are angry. They are frustrated by what the country has subjected them to. As one of the candidates put it, “Nigeria is not moving forward at all if it cannot provide ordinary ID cards to its citizens.

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