The traditional ruler of Otumara community in Lagos Mainland Local Government of Lagos State, High Chief Kehinde Kalejaiye, in partnership with DamDap Global Investment, have facilitated a three day NIN registration for 500 prospective JAMB candidates and secondary school leavers in the community.
According to the Director of DamDap Global Investment Limited, Mr Fred Idinye, the exercise is meant to help the students in registering without stress for the examination.
Speaking with journalists at the end of the exercise on Sunday, High Chief Kalejaiye stated that the free NIN registration exercise was aimed at easing the financial burden, extortion and stress JAMB prospective candidates encountered in the process of getting captured by the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) as part of requirement for JAMB registration.
The traditional ruler said: “As a parent, I feel the pain and stress our children are confronted with in their efforts to get registered for NIN.
“You need to visit NIMC registration centres in Ikeja and other areas across the state to see the extent of suffering these people are subjected to under the sun and rain just to get captured for NIN.
“As a result of this, many of them are denied the opportunity of getting enrolled for JAMB.
“In fact, we heave a sigh of relief when the JAMB registrar announced the postponement of the commencement date for NIN as a condition for JAMB registration. But then we must plan ahead.
“So to relief both parents and candidates of stress and extortion, that is why we organise a 3-day NIN registration exercise in conjunction with DamDap Global Investment under which over 500 secondary school leavers and JAMB prospective candidates are expected to be registered for the NIN.
“We know the importance of education and this explains our efforts and insistent on the construction of Senior Secondary School in Lagos Mainland Local Government.
“Our children are our future and we appeal to the Lagos State government to accede to our demands.”
One of the beneficiaries, Cynthia Okoro shared her harrowing experience while trying to register for the NIN.
She said, “The NIN requirement for JAMB registration compounded my registration predicament. At the Ejigbo LCDA in Lagos State where I went to register, I was told to pay N5000 before I could be registered.
“Since I couldn’t afford the amount, so, I shelved the idea of enrolling for JAMB until I heard it has been postponed.
“My joy knew no bound when I heard it on Radio that some people are organising free NIN registration exercise. I quickly rush down here to register. With this, I will be able to register for the coming JAMB examination.”
A member of the Otumara Community Development Committee (CDC), Mr Muraina Nurudeen applauded the exercise.
He added: “We have seen instances of residents being exploited over NIN registration. Their woes are compounded when JAMB made a prerequisite for registration; a move we know will have adverse effect on parents and prospective candidates in the district.
“Agents from NIMC have been visiting our community seeking to register residents for as high as N5000 per person but they couldn’t afford it. But this NIN registration exercise is free for prospective JAMB candidates and partly adults.
“They distributed the NIN form to secondary school leavers and those that are preparing for the JAMB examinations because NIN is a prerequisite for JAMB.
“This is one of the many programmes from the stable of our traditional head targeting at improving the quality of lives of residents in the Lagos Mainland Local Government. He is always on the side of the people.”