… urge jamb to remove bio-metric from the process
By Kolawole Olayinka Abeokuta
No fewer than five hundred students who are prospective candidates of Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) examination in Ogun State stormed National Management Commission, NIMC and protested against failure of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) to capture their bio-metric needed to sit for the examination.
As they all appealed to the Federal Government of Republic of Nigeria to give other to Joint Admission Matriculation Board JAMB to remove NIMC bio metric data capturing out of the registration. So that they will not be exempted as the government failed to provide money to power generating sets in all NIMS centers across the state.
The protesters, mostly teenagers were armed with fresh leaves cut from the trees’ branch and chanted “aluta” songs like “we no go gree o; we no go gree; we no go gree”, to express their aggrieved mind against NIMC management which refused to capture their bio-metric on the ground that there was no electricity.
The teenagers trekked streets of Abeokuta metropolis from the NIMC’s office located at Oke – Mosan axis of Abeokuta till they converged at the Oke – Ilewo headquarters of the Nigeria Union if Journalists, Iwe Iroyin which is about a kilometer where they spoke with the press.
The students, who stormed the NUJ Secretariat lamented that staff of the NIMC refused to attend to them due to poor electricity supply and as such, could not obtain their respective National Identity Card, a prerequisite for all potential candidates of the year 2020 Unified Matriculation Examination.
The protesters however, appealed to the federal government to order JAMB authority either extend the date earlier slated for the exams, or immediate suspension of the use of the National ID card for the exams if the problem would persist.
One of the students, who spoke with journalists in an emotionally laden and dejected voice un behalf of others, Ewetade Gbolawon who explained that the situation was horrible as most of them have been visiting the center since last week without any result.
“We have been coming since last week and what they keep telling us is that there is no fuel in their generator. Now we don’t know what to do. I have been here since 5:am. They complained that government did not supply fund for them to power generators.”
“Without this number we cannot do anything. The government should remove the NIN as the requirements if they cannot provide electricity for NIMC”.
Meanwhile, all efforts at getting the NIMC’s management to react to the allegation proved abortive, as the head of operation at the commission’s Abeokuta office could not be reached on phone.