Students Facing NIN Hurdles Plead for Government Intervention to Salvage Academic Future

A growing number of students express frustration as the lack of National Identity Numbers jeopardizes their chances in upcoming WAEC and JAMB examinations.

By Sharon Ajayi

In a troubling development, students preparing for the upcoming WAEC (West African Examinations Council) and JAMB (Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board) examinations are facing a significant hurdle that threatens their academic aspirations. The obstacle in question is the inability to obtain their National Identity Numbers (NIN), a crucial requirement for participation in the upcoming exams.

Numerous students have found themselves caught in a bureaucratic maze as they attempt to secure their NIN at the headquarters of the National Identification Management Commission (NIMC) on Sapele Road, Benin City. Despite dedicating weeks to the process, many are yet to receive their NIN, and time is running out before the crucial examinations commence.

Sharon Ajayi, reporting on the ground, has uncovered the stories of numerous students who are now left in limbo due to the NIN-related challenges. Frustrated and anxious about their academic future, these students are calling on the federal government to intervene and address the issues hindering the NIN registration process.

The demand for NIN has become a prerequisite for examination registration, and students are feeling the weight of the situation. The significance of this identification number cannot be overstated, as it serves as a means of authenticating the identity of exam takers, thereby reducing the risk of impersonation and other malpractices during the examinations.

The students, who have spent weeks at the NIMC headquarters without success, are urging the government to reopen sub-centers across the state to facilitate a smoother and more efficient registration process. The call for additional registration centers is seen as a practical solution to alleviate the burden placed on the existing facilities and expedite the issuance of NINs.

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It is crucial to note that the clock is ticking, and with the examination dates fast approaching, the students are growing increasingly desperate for a resolution to the NIN dilemma. The fear of being unable to sit for the exams due to circumstances beyond their control is a source of anxiety for these students, who have worked tirelessly to prepare for these pivotal academic milestones.

The federal government is now faced with the urgent task of addressing this predicament to ensure that the dreams and aspirations of these students are not dashed due to bureaucratic obstacles. The reopening of sub-centers and the implementation of measures to streamline the NIN registration process are imperative steps that can make a significant difference for the affected students.

As the nation watches the developments surrounding this issue, the hopes of countless students hang in the balance, awaiting a timely resolution that will enable them to participate in the upcoming WAEC and JAMB examinations.

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