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Nigerian reps urge Jamb to suspend National Identification Number for candidates 

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Ibrahim Ramalan is a graduate of Mass Communications from the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria. With nearly a decade-long, active journalism practice, Mr Ramalan has been able to rise from a cub reporter to the exalted position of an editor; first as Arts Editor with the Blueprint Newspapers before resigning in 2019; second and presently as an Associate Editor of the Daily Nigerian online newspaper. He can be reached via [email protected], or, or @McRamalan on Twitter.
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Nigeria’s House of Representatives has directed the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, JAMB, to, for now, allow its candidates to sit without National Identification Number, NIN.
The directive followed a motion Wednesday by Zainab Gimba who noted that JAMB should review the timeline pending the establishment of more enrolment centres by the National Identity Management Commission across the country.

The lawmaker said an official of the NIMC had recently disclosed that less than 20 percent of Nigerians were captured in their database.

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She called on the NIMC to identify challenges in capturing Nigerians for NIN, make a case for more funding and create more enrolment centres.

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The house referred the matter to its Committee on Tertiary Education and Services for speedy legislative action.

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