UTME registration: Candidates decry delay in issuance of new SIM cards




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Clara Egbogota

– Some for this year’s Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) have decried the delay in the issuance of new Subscriber Identification Module () cards by the various Mobile Network (MNOs).

The expressed their feelings in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in .

cards enable prospective 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 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.

Chibuzor James, of the prospective candidates, said that she has been visiting the office since the ban lifted, without .

”I have been coming to 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 told to wait till 1 p.m. when registration would begin.

”I am very lucky that I just came here today and told to wait till 1p.m. before we be registered. But my friend has been coming without ,” he said.

Gladys Emeruo, said there was the need for a decentralisation of the issuance and registration of SIM cards by the mobile network in order to ease the anxiety on those who craved for it.

Anothe candidate, Destiny Okaro told NAN that he was at the Airtel office along Nnebisi Road, to acquire a new telephone to enable him to register for the examination, but could not.

“They just told me that they had yet to begin selling new SIM cards. of the workers said he was not certain when they would start selling.

“I don’t want to my brother’s to register because it cause some problem of identification for me. That’s why I want my own line,” he said.

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 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 (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.

”Once you send it to 55019, name is required and we continue from there. We pull your data from NIMC that’s all,” the JAMB boss had stated.