THE House of Representatives have directed the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), to suspend the planned use of the National Identity Number (NIN) in the registration of candidates for its Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

The House also mandated its committee on Tertiary Education and Services and the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) to identify challenges in capturing Nigerians, with a view to tackling same, including increase funding if necessary.

This directive was contained in a motion sponsored by  Zainab Gimba where in she argued that the planned use of the national identity number as generated by NIMCO for the registration of candidates was too sudden and may lead to denial of several Nigerians the opportunity to seek admissions into tertiary institutions.

The lawmaker said her call was necessitated by the need to carry out adequate sensitization, as well as for the National Identify Management Commission (NIMCO) to create more registration centres, especially in the nation’s remote localities for easier access.

She urged that JAMB delay implementation of the policy until 2021, in order to allow more time and better awareness for prospective candidates.

In another development, the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), has called for urgent repeal of the National Health Insurance Act and replace it with the National Health Commission Bill, to make healthcare delivery in the country more flexible.

The institute made the call at the 3rd National Summit of Legislative Network for Universal Health Coverage, organized by the National Assembly Research and Project Centre, under the partnership for advocacy in child and family health, recently held in Abuja.

It would be recalled that President Buhari had asked the institute (NIPSS) to study the healthcare delivery as a case study for the 2019 Senior Executive Course 41 of the National Institute with the theme “Finding Solutions to Funding Universal Healthcare Delivery in the country”.

Disclosing one of the findings of the institute at the summit, Group Captain Mohammed Gumi (Rtd) identified adequate funding as critical catalyst for boosting access to quality healthcare to all citizens.



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