Candidates that are to sit for next year’s Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME, will likely have their applications linked to their National Identification Number, NIN.
The Head of Corporate Affairs, NIMC, Mr. Kayode Adegoke, who spoke to newsmen, said the NIN will be used as one of the criteria to register UTME candidates from next year because the earlier agreement signed between the two agencies is still subsisting. He explained that the NIN was not used in the 2020 exercise due to some technical hitches that have been taken care of by the agency.
He assured that NIMC was ready for the partnership as the agency had put all necessary machinery in motion to capture all the candidates.
On whether NIMC would have the capacity to capture the over two million prospective UTME candidates, he said measures had been put in place to capture at least four million persons in a month. In addition, Adegoke said with the recent licensing of 203 agents to boost the capacity of the agency, the issue of capturing two million UTME candidates would not be an issue since the number of enrolment would be increased when the agents come on board next week. ‘The NIN was only canceled this year for UTME registration due to some technical hitches but will be used in 2021.
‘‘We have the capacity to capture all the UTME candidates but my worry is that they may not take advantage of four months window they have from now to get registered until when it remains one week, when they would be rushing and stampeding the Commission to capture them.
‘‘My conviction stems from the recent licensing of 203 agents by the Federal Government who are due to commence work from next week, immediately after Christmas,” he said. He advised the prospective UTME candidates to take advantage of ample time they have now to get their NIN so as to avoid rushing hour and consequential denial to register.” He stated.