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SOME parents of intending applicants for the 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination have commended the decision of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board to suspend the use of National Identity Number for 2020 UTME registration.

The leadership of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), also said the suspension was a welcome development in view of the number of Nigerians that would have been prevented from realising their ambition of furthering their education by the enforcement of the NIN policy.

Mr Jonathan Amande, a civil servant who said he conveyed two of his children around some of the NIMC enrollment centres in Mararaba, Nasarawa state to some city centres in Abuja on Thursday in vain, noted that the experience was bad.

He called on the Federal Government to release adequate fund to the commission so as to expand their enrollment centres across the country in order to make the exercise seamless.

Amande said he was not against the use of NIN for UTME registration but insisted that the right thing must be done by providing the necessary facilities and equipment for the exercise before coming up with such a policy that would have a far-reaching implication on the people.

Mrs Margret Ibezem, a social worker in Abuja, said even though one of the children preparing to register for the UTME had succeeded in obtaining the NIN, she noted that the decision to suspend the use of NIN was in a right direction.


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