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FG excited NIN reduces JAMB exam malpractices - ITREALMS

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The use of the National Identity Number (NIN) has been discovered to have reduced examination malpractices in the country, says the Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN), reports ITREALMS.
This is coming as FG announced new deadline for NIN-Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) data verification to October 31, 2021 this year.
Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ibrahim Pantami, disclosed this at the weekend, particularly in the processes leading to the successful Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) in recent times.

He expressed the FG's excitement at the news that the use of NIN in the process of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) exam significantly reduced the challenge of exam malpractice.

Pantami also on behalf of the government, appreciated Nigerians for their patience and compliance with government’s directive on the NIN-SIM registration exercise.

ITREALMS recalls that FG proclaimed new deadline for NIN-SIM until October 31, 2021.

According to a joint press statement available to ITREALMS, Director, Public Affairs, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde, and Head, Corporate Communications at National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), Mr. Kayode Adegoke, the latest focus is now on remote, hard-to-reach areas, schools, and health centres.

They also noted that the decision to extend the deadline was made following a request by stakeholders to accommodate registration in hard-to-reach remote areas, foreigners and diplomatic missions, diaspora and address low enrolments in schools and hospitals, as evidenced by enrolment statistics.

"The decision also followed a review of the progress of the exercise which indicated significant progress, hence the need to consolidate the gains of the enrolment and NIN-SIM verification process across the country," they stated.

As at July 24, 2021, ITREALMS gathered, there are over 5,500 enrolment systems within and outside the country and this would significantly ease the NIN enrolment process and subsequent linkage of NIN to SIM.

As said by them, the administration of the Nigerian President, General Muhammadu Buhari, retired, approved the extension as part of efforts to make it easier for the citizens within and outside the country, and legal residents to obtain the NIN and it is important to take advantage of the extension.

The NIN-SIM linkage also makes it easier for the security agencies to carry out their statutory duties and the relevant parastatals under the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy are supporting them as required.

There are now a total of 59.8 million unique NIN enrolments, with average of 3 to 4 SIMs per NIN. With the great number of enrolment centres within and outside the country, and many more coming up, every citizen, legal resident, and Nigerian citizens living in diaspora should be able to obtain their NINs.

The Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, on behalf of the Federal Government, commended the Kano State government and other states that have made NINs a key requirement for school enrolments and access to other important services.

In reaction, the  Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, and the Director-General/CEO of NIMC, Engr. Aliyu Azeez, urged citizens and legal residents to take advantage of this extension to October 31 to complete the process of enrolment and verification.

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