The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) and mobile telecommunication operators have been blamed for the inability of some prospective candidates to register for the ongoing 2021 UTME/DE. The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), responsible for the issuance of NIN is expected to generate the linked number to be sent to candidates as soon as they input their required USSD code while the mobile telecommunication operators are expected to send the generated codes to the candidates.
However, these processes have not worked as smoothly as they sound, going by the difficulties being experienced by prospective candidates.
When contacted for a response concerning this, the chairman, Association of Licenced Telecommunications Operators in Nigeria (ALTON) said the delays cannot be from the systems of the telecommunication companies as its role is simply to transport the codes to the candidates and not to generate.
“Telecommunication companies don’t manage the process of generating the code for candidates, we only provide the “transport” access to their servers and we rely on the examination agency to generate the code. We don’t manage their database and as such we’re not responsible for generating the said examination code,” Mr. Adebayo said.
Efforts made to get an official of NIMC to respond to this did not yield any result as the phone number was unreachable and a message sent to the phone was yet to be replied as at the time of this report.