NIN Has Eliminated Exam Frauds, Says JAMB
The National Identification Number (NIN) introduction has eliminated multiple registrations, impersonation, and other malpractices associated with UTME, says the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB).
Fabian Benjamin, JAMB’s spokesman, disclosed this in a statement in Abuja on Wednesday.
He said the partnership with the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), which mandated the use of NIN in the registration process, made it virtually impossible for exam mercenaries to register multiple times.
He, however, refuted a report that claimed that the introduction of NIN affected the revenue of JAMB and caused it to drop to N5.8 billion.
Mr Benjamin maintained that JAMB was neither a revenue-generating agency nor aspired to be one.
He explained, “JAMB is not a revenue-generation entity and, as such, is not interested in the ever-ballooning number of candidates.
“Rather, JAMB is concerned with how to address loopholes being used by fraudsters to distort national data in a bid to compromise public examinations.”
Speaking further, the JAMB spokesman stated, “As far as the board is concerned, having a realistic number of candidates sitting for its examination is a major achievement which only the partnership with NIMC has made possible.
“It is our resolve not to ever compromise on the integrity of its processes on account of generating fat operating surpluses.”
Mr Benjamin noted that NIN was a good initiative because it helped clean the system and restored JAMB’s credibility.
“JAMB greatly appreciates the partnership with NIMC, which has led to the inadvertent benefit of revealing the actual number of candidates registered annually.
“Consequently, it is the board’s firm belief that the introduction of NIN has helped in addressing one of the fundamental channels of perpetrating examination malpractice by way of multiple applications, among others,” he added.