Nasarawa State Government has begun massive campaign in secondary schools in the state on registration for National Identification Number (NIN).
Mr Yusuf Musa, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Information Culture and Tourism, who flagged off the exercise on Wednesday in Keffi, said it was to intensify awareness on the importance of NIN among Secondary schools students.
Musa said that the campaign became necessary to enable students and their parents to know about the new directive mandating final year students to obtain NIN as prerequisite to sit for Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (SSCE).
He lauded Gov Abdullahi Sule for approving the exercise aimed at ensuring hitch-free SSCE, Universal Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) registration, among others.
“You will recall that NECO, WAEC, NABTEB, JAMB, made NIN, one of its key criteria that would qualify each final year student to register and write their examination beginning from 2022.
“The four examination bodies say the NIN registration will also assist them in gaining access to students information.
“In order not to deny the students right to quality education, which is one of this administration’s mandate, government approved this campaign,” he said.
The permanent Secretary sought the collaboration of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) and relevant stakeholders in education sector towards ensuring seamless NIN
Registration for Senior Secondary school students in the state.
Abubakar Idris, NIMC Nasarawa State Coordinator, while explaining the benefits of NIN in addressing various issues affecting the growth and development of the country, promised to work with the Ministry to ensure hitch-free registration for students.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the ceremony was attended by officers from the state Ministry of Information, All Nigeria Confederation of Principal of Secondary Schools (ANCOPSS), NIMC officials as well as students from various schools within Keffi Local Government Area of the state. (NAN) (www.nannews.ng).