Asaba – Some candidates for this year’s Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) have decried the delay in the issuance of new Subscriber Identification Module (SIM) cards by the various Mobile Network Operators (MNOs).
SIM cards enable prospective candidates for the 2021 UTME and Direct Entry (DE) to acquire profile codes required for the registration for the Joint Admission and Matriculation Borad (JAMB)-organised examination.
Recall that the Ministry of Communication and Digital Economy had lifted the ban on registration of new SIM cards and directed the MNOs to begin issuing new ones to the general public.
The candidates expressed worries on the development, noting that they were already feeling frustrated, as they were tired of queuing to obtain and register new subscriber identification module cards.
”I have been coming to MTN office since Monday and they have not registered me. It is so disheartening to sit and wait all day long,” she said.
Emeka Ucheuno, another prospective candidate, said however that he visited the office for the first time on Tuesday and was told to wait till 1 p.m. when registration would begin.
Gladys Emeruo, said there was the need for a decentralisation of the issuance and registration of SIM cards by the mobile network operators in order to ease the anxiety on those who craved for it.
“They just told me that they had yet to begin selling new SIM cards. One of the workers said he was not certain when they would start selling.
Recall that the Registrar of JAMB, Prof. Is-haq Oloyode few weeks ago, said the board had applied for a waiver from government to allow applicants for this year’s UTME to obtain new SIM cards for registration.
Oloyode emphasised that the candidates must make use of accessible SIM cards which had never been used for UTME/DE registration.
He als said that the board would go into partnership with the National Identification Management Commission (NIMC) on the required National Identification Number (NIN) for UMTE registration.
”Everyone who wants to register with the board must have completed their registration with NIMC, because this year, all we need is first, your NIN.