Students condemn poor national identity registration

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By Yusuf Akinlotan, Lagos

The Muslims students society of Nigeria (MSSN) has expressed displeasure on the process involved when Nigerians, particularly students enroll for their National Identity card with the National Identity Card Commission (NIMC) .

Since the Joint Admission and Matriculation board (Jamb) mandated National Identity Number (NIN) as prerequisite for students sitting for the examinations, Nigerians have been subjected to undue stress while applying to register for the exercise.

The Amir( President) of Lagos State Area Unit of the society, Dr. Saheed Ashafa made the statements in Epe area of Lagos during the formal closing of the society’s 108th annual Islamic Vacation Course ( IVC).

The president who used the program to train none less than 5000 students with entrepreneurship, youth Reformation, Life education amongst others, observed that Nigerians wake up at midnight and even abandon their businesses while students equally abandon schools and classes in order to secure a place for early registration at the centres.

We should not forget that NIN is now a condition attached to registration for JAMB, hence, NIN registration centres are congested without any hope of success in the process ” he said

The students leader bemoaned the fact that the process is marred by extortion, bribery and all forms of corrupt practices when he suggested that adequate monitoring and check and balance be put in place to solve logistic issues and ease the process.

Dr. Ashafa further urged the regulatory authority, NIMC to ease the affairs of the people and not the other way round, saying that the problem must be addressed immediately in order to rekindle hope that governments are responsible.

Lateefah Ibrahim

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