The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) says it introduced the new e-PIN vending registration for candidates to prevent fraud in its examination.
JAMB Acting Zonal Coordinator in Nasarawa State, Moses Akobu, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Lafia that the e-PIN was not introduced to create hardship for candidates.
He advised the candidates to remain calm as the board was doing its best to tackle hitches being experienced during the registration.
“In the past, JAMB asked candidates to buy scratch cards from banks and do their registration in the cybercafé of their choice.
“But the board discovered that in the process, candidates encountered problems such as mismatching of names and passports.
“This mismatch often create problem on the day of the examination,’’ Akobu told NAN.
He said some cybercafés often exploit candidates by charging them excessive fees outside the JAMB’s recommended N5,500.
“For example, some cybercafés charge fees ranging between N7,000 and N8000, which is not supposed to be.
“When the new JAMB registrar came on board, he identified these lapses and introduced the e-PIN vending in order to prevent fraud and solve the problem of mismatching.
“The system is good because it is error free and the JAMB will have a direct contact with all prospective candidates through their valid email addresses,’’ he said.
According to him, the desire of JAMB is to serve the candidates better and it is ready to do.
“So the hitches they are experiencing now will be over in a matter of few days,’’ said the JAMB official.
The zonal coordinator added that the major challenge of generating e-PIN for the candidates being faced by the banks was due to poor network.
NAN reports that prospective candidates are in long queues waiting to get the e-PIN across designated banks in the state