Only Candidates Who Undergo Biometric Verification Will Take UTME – JAMB

Jamb Registrar speaking in Abuja on Monday (March 18, 2019).

 

Ahead of the April 11, 2019, Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), the management of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) says only candidates who undergo the mandatory biometric verification will be allowed to sit for the exams.

The JAMB registrar, Professor Ishaq Oloyede, said this on Monday during a stakeholder meeting in Abuja.

“This year, we appeal to everybody, no discretion about it. Anybody who cannot be verified on the biometric cannot write our exam,” he said.

According to him, the new measure is aimed at checking cases of examination malpractices which he says had characterized the process in the past, leading to an increasing number of impersonators.

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Professor Oloyede also noted that the names of impersonators from 2009 to 2019 will soon be published by the board to serve as a deterrent to others.

Meanwhile, he announced the approval of 708 Computer Based Test (CBT) centres across the country ahead of the examinations.

NPC To Introduce Biometric Technology For 2017 Census

NPC- CensusThe National Population Commission (NPC) in Nigeria, says it will adopt the use of biometric data technology for the 2017 population and housing census.

The technology will involve the capturing of facial impression and fingerprints of respondents.

According to the Chairman of the commission, Eze Duruiheoma, the aim is to eliminate all forms of manipulation and also give the nation accurate, reliable and indisputable demographic data that will drive the country to sustainable development.

Duruiheoma made the statement at the opening of a three-day workshop on Questions, Instruments and Tabulation for the 2017 population and housing census organised for National and State Commissioners of the commission in Kaduna State, north-west Nigeria.

He assured Nigerians that preparations for the exercise were ongoing and appeared brighter than ever.

According to him, the introduction of biometric verification of respondents’ finger prints and faces will eliminate all forms of contentions and allegations of manipulations that followed the previous exercises.

He also announced that the commission would recruit over 5,000 ad-hoc staff, to complement the number of existing staff of the commission during the census enumeration.

After the last census in 2006, the commission surmised the number of Nigerians residing in Nigeria to be about 140 million, which triggered arguments and accusations.

Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, who was represented by his Commissioner for Budget and Economic Planning, Mohammed Sani, maintained that accurate census remained the foundation upon which development stood.

He also noted that the plan by the NPC to conduct a biometric based census in  2017 was a welcomed development and deserved the cooperation of all.