Recently, the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) announced that all students seeking admission into universities must provide the National Identity Number (NIN).
This, as demanded, was a mandated pre-requisite, for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and Direct Entry (DE) registration.
The Board had suspended the compulsory use of the National Identification Number (NIN) for the registration of candidates for the 2020 UTME.
This happened, following criticisms from the public over the poor timing of the policy and the difficulty in obtaining it by prospective candidates.
However, not long after the examination body mandated use of NIN as prerequisite for 2021 registration, prospective candidates, especially those who reside in rural areas have been subjected to undue stress while applying to register for the exercise.
Given that the JAMB registration will be closed on 15th May, 2021, the pressure on candidates to complete their registration before the deadline is raising concerns.
Some of the candidates who spoke in an interview, urged the government to provide enabling environment for candidates to be able to meet up with the deadline.
In one of such, an aspiring JAMB candidate, Iganya Asiya Muhammed lamented the challenge he has been facing in Ankpa, Kogi state trying to register for NIN.
“The issue of making National Identification Number as a criteria for JAMB registration is seriously giving us headaches, especially those of us in a remote area.
I have been to my Local government Secretariat time without number since the registration started, but up till now I have not done it.
As it stands now, I don’t think I’m going to sit for this year’s Joint Admission and Matriculation examination (JAMB) because of this thing called NIN.
“I am not against it but if you’re doing it, a conducive environment should be provided so that people would not be complaining or go through any form of stress.
The issue is not limited to Ankpa here but across the federation. I have seen and read how many people have reacted towards this particular stuff and are not speaking good about them.
“If you want to make NIN as mandatory in everything we do, why not make a conducive environment for your citizens to do it without any form of manipulation and stress.
As big as my local government is, we only have one centre for registration that is not fair. When you are in Abuja making orders and enforcing law on your citizens, always think about those in the rural area because they are facing a lot of challenges,” he added.
Another aspiring candidate in Abuja, Benjamin Akange lamented that even though he lives in the Federal Capital Territory, getting his NIN registration has not been easy. He said it took him two weeks before he was able to get registered.
According to him, “I want the government to ensure transparency in the system and ensure that there is a conducive environment for people, especially those in the rural areas.
We have less than two months to the deadline given by JAMB so the government needs to consider the future of these children.
Something needs to be done to ensure that all the prospective candidates get their NIN before the deadline.”
SS2 girl missing in Abuja school after permission to fix uniform
A15-year-old student of the Ceder International College, Abuja, Nimota Olatunde, has gone missing while trying to repair her torn school uniform.
It was gathered that the disappearance of the student had caused panic among her family members and friends.
Olatunde’s mother, Juliana Olajide, who lives in Jos, said on Thursday that her daughter had not been seen since the past one week after she took permission to fix her torn skirt by the school gate.
She said, “It is now eight days since we last saw my 15-year-old daughter, Nimota Olatunde, who is in SS 2 class at Ceder International College, Abuja.
“She was last seen in her school on Wednesday, April 28, 2021.
“According to the school authorities, she went to sew her torn school skirt just by the school gate.
“According to them, she was permitted to go through the primary section gate instead of the main entrance gate because of the way the skirt was torn.
“Since then, no one has seen her. The school tailor also said that my daughter was not seen at the shop that day.
“So, we don’t know what has happened to her.”
The school principal, Olukotun Segun, said the case was already being investigated by the police.
In another development, 13-year-old Treasure Ofunya, who went missing on April 28 while returning from her school, New Era Model School, Jakpa, Effurun, Delta State, has been found.
“I got a call this morning from the Oghara Divisional Police Officer that Treasure was with them.
“I quickly rushed to Oghara, which is near Sapele, and brought her back to Ekpan Police Divisional Headquarters for official documentation,” an elated member of the family, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told our correspondent.
The victim’s elder brother, Merville, also confirmed the development.
The Acting Police Public Relations Officer, Delta State, DSP Bright Edafe, said the victim had been reunited with her family.
FUOYE council found ex-registrar wanting – VC
The Vice-Chancellor, Federal University Oye-Ekiti, Prof. Abayomi Fasina, on Sunday said he had nothing to do with the sacking of the institution’s former registrar, Mr Olatunbosun Odusanya.
He added that Odusanya was sacked by the university’s Governing Council.
Fasina advised Odusanya “to stop misleading the public over events leading to the termination of his appointment by the FUOYE Governing Council headed by Dr Mohammad Yahuza.”
Recall that the registrar was suspended from office on April 20, 2021, to pave the way for investigations into allegations of misconduct levelled against.
Odusanya, in his reaction to the sacking, had accused the VC of being behind his predicament.
But the VC, in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media Matters, Wole Balogun, titled, ‘I am not responsible for your misfortune, VC replies sacked Registrar’, said, “What happened to Odusanya leading to the termination of his appointment was simply a clear case of gross misconduct that bothered on his flagrant violation of the rules and regulations of the university regarding recruitment of staff.
“The authority that found him wanting is the Governing Council of the university ably chaired by Dr Yahuza. The governing council is above me as the highest authority of the university. It was the council that constituted the probe panel that investigated Odusanya’s misconduct.”
He added, “Attributing the consequences of his inactions to vendetta against him from me clearly amounts to character assassination and defamation on his part against my person. I advise him to desist from such unnecessary and fruitless voyage.”
CONUA demands refund, says members’ dues paid to ASUU
The leadership of the Congress of University Academics has alleged that check off dues deducted from its members’ salaries were remitted to the Academic Staff Union of Universities.
A statement by the CONUA National Coordinator, Dr Niyi Sunmonu, on Sunday said members of the group complained that dues deducted from their salaries were remitted to ASUU, a union they did not belong to.
Sunmonu urged the Accountant General of the Federation to ensure the refund of what had been deducted from CONUA members, saying it was against the tenets of the law to deduct check off dues of CONUA members for ASUU.
He said CONUA had also requested a stoppage of the remittance of CONUA members’ check off dues to ASUU, and expressed hope that the matter would be urgently addressed.
The statement read in parts, “The leadership of ASUU through its president unilaterally withdrew money running into millions of naira in 2017 from the account of the OAU branch. This illegal act necessitated the request to stop check off dues deduction.
“I urge the Accountant General of the Federation to ensure the refund of what had been deducted from CONUA members. It is inappropriate and against the tenets of the law to deduct check off dues of CONUA members for a union they do not belong to
“CONUA is an independent academic staff union in Nigerian universities. Hence, remitting CONUA members’ dues to another union is tantamount to an attempt to financially strangulate it.”
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