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Some people have multiple NINs, JAMB registrar raises alarm

The JAMB Registrar, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, has lamented that the issue of impersonation at Jamb centres is becoming worrisome as some people have multiple national identity numbers.

He made the disclosure while on an inspection tour of the UTME centres in Kaduna on Wednesday. He said the 2024 examination is largely well conducted, except for a few cases of impersonation, which became possible because some people now have multiple National Identity Numbers (NINs).

Prof. Oloyede warned that those who cheat in the exams will be arrested either now or much later after the examination, saying that JAMB has improved its technology to check those engaging in all forms of examination malpractice.

Speaking to journalists shortly after the inspection at Kaduna State University’s (KASU) CBT Centre, the JAMB Registrar said, “For those who engage in cheating, they should know that it does not pay. The technology that is helping is to check that.

“Across the country, most of the problem we have is impersonation. For instance, now that we say we have an NIN, we now have cases of people with two NINs, and therefore, that has defeated the purpose of identity verification. We are going to take that up with NIMC—that there are people who have two NINs.

“We have a case of a father impersonating his son, writing an examination for the son, and I wonder, are you not destroying your son’s future? Of course, two of them are now in custody. I can’t understand what the father will now tell his son when they are both locked up in the same cell. This definitely happened in Kaduna, but I don’t want to disclose the state.

“So, it is largely cases of impersonation, but we are ahead of them; we are just picking them up like chickens now, because the facilities are there for us to see what they are doing and to pick them up. And even those that we have left for research purposes, they will see what will happen after the exams,” he said.

The JAMB Registrar also used the opportunity to inform those that have missed the exam, for reasons not caused by the examination body, to forget about it, saying that JAMB cannot spend tens of millions of the nation’s resources to reorganise a session for a few candidates who missed the exams due to their personal recklessness.

He warned that UTME is not a school-based examination, and as such, JAMB would not be responsible for any failure caused to candidates who registered through their secondary schools who, either deliberately or due to logistics challenges, could not meet their requirements.

“Most of those candidates who missed the UTME are students from hostels who were made to register through schools because of the money the schools want to collect from the parents in the name of JAMB. They would now put 30 students on one bus. They will now be dropping them off in different locations. By the time they get to the last student’s centre, he is already late for the exam. You will now see the principal writing to me. What business do I have with a school?

“Even a religious body wrote to me that, oh, the following 100 candidates, I want them to write their exams on a particular day of the examination. They were even deciding for me whether the school should post the candidates.

“How is that possible? I will ask the candidates, Why did you submit your registration number to a third party that is writing to me when the person is not a candidate? And you know, as a candidate, that you have a right to write to JAMB directly. But they allow third parties who will lie on their behalf to contact JAMB,” he said.

Speaking on the need for a mega CBT centre in Lagos, Professor Oloyede, who said 1.94 million candidates were sitting for the 2024 UTME, said the board needs the support of highly populated states like Lagos to build mega CBT centres like that in Kaduna, which accommodates 4,000 candidates per day.

He said, “If we could have two or three such CBT centres across the country, most of our challenges would be over. And we have the resources to build it. We only require the state governments to provide the land.

“We require this type of centre in Lagos too, but we have put enough pressure on the authorities in Lagos, but they have not given us the desired response. You can see the relief this centre, which the Kaduna State Government provided land for, is giving us.

“Kaduna government provided us with the land, and we expended from the public fund more than N1.4 billion to build those four centres, and as you can see, they are sitting 1,100 candidates at a time, which means, in two days, you would have done exams for 8,000 candidates. But I believe the authorities in Lagos will respond to our call and provide suitable land. We will build it,” the JAMB boss said.

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