The Senator representing Anambra South Senatorial District in the Nigerian Senate, Ifeanyi Ubah, has urged the National Assembly to intervene in the untold hardship faced by students over JAMB registration.
Speaking during the plenary session on Tuesday, May 18, the Capital Oil boss raised the motion on the need to review the introduction of NIN as a compulsory requirement for the examination.
The YPP governorship candidate for the November 6 Anambra election decried the long queues at NIMC centres saying that the technical hitches are yet to be addressed.
He said: “I called the attention of the Nigerian Senate to the widespread hardship young, promising and cerebral Nigerians are currently facing as a result of the decision of the Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board (JAMB) to include the National Identification Number (NIN) as a precondition for registration of UTME candidates in 2021.
“This action is an inconsiderate and premature decision that has further complicated the already rigorous process of both registering for JAMB examination and procuring the NIN.
“Furthermore, I also reminded the Senate of the fact that JAMB initially attempted to start the implementation of this policy in 2020 but had to postpone it owing to technical problems and irregularities bedeviling the process of obtaining NIN from the National Identity Management Company (NIMC).
“From all indications, these technical hitches are yet to be addressed; the long queues at NIMC centers are a testimony to the fact that a well-organized process is yet to be put in place to ease the stressful process of registration.
“Available statistics indicate that in 2020, more than two million candidates registered for JAMB examination.
“Presently, the introduction of NIN threatens to significantly lower the number of registered candidates in 2021 because majority of these candidates are just attaining the age when they can obtain the NIN.
“This is a brazen infringement on the right to education of young Nigerians who may not be able to meet the deadline to obtain their NIN and register for JAMB.”