The Senate on Tuesday urged the Federal Government to review the implementation of its policy making National Identity Number (NIN) a prerequisite for the 2021 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) had insisted that the NIN was mandatory for the 2021 UTME.
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The Senate asked the Ministry of Education, the JAMB and the National Identity Management Commission to review the policy with a view to extending the UTME registration deadline and requirements until there is a seamless and well-organised process for obtaining the NIN.
The Senate also urged the Ministry of Education and the NIMC to introduce and streamline a simple and decentralized NIN registration process where students would be able to obtain their NIN in their various accredited school premises.
The resolutions were sequel to a motion by Senator Ifeanyi Uba (YPP, Anambra).
He said the policy was an inconsiderate and premature decision that has further complicated the already rigorous process of both registering for UTME examination and procuring the NIN.
He therefore called for the suspension of the policy until the conditions for obtaining NIN improves tremendously.