The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) had insisted that the NIN be mandatory for UTME 2021.
Candidates have complained that the NIN requirement contributed to their registration problem . Many of them said they were being blackmailed, standing in long lines under the scorching sun, and indulging in some unwholesome practices in order to register.
After coming to terms with the challenges of the request, JAMB did Last week registration for UTME extended by two weeks.
In its intervention, the Senate asked the Federal Department of Education, JAMB, and the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) to review the policy with a view to review Extension of the UTME registration period until a seamless and well-organized procedure for obtaining the NIN.
The legislature also called on the Federal Ministry of Education and the NIMC to introduce and streamline a simple and decentralized NIN registration procedure wherever the students could receive it in their various accredited classrooms.
The decisions were made after the acceptance of a proposal from on Ifeanyi Uba (YPP, Anambra).
Uche Lilian Ekwunife (PDP, Anambra) supported the proposal but said that there was insufficient awareness of NIN at grassroots, secondary schools and universities, as many students still do not know that the national identification number is a requirement to register for the exam.