Prospective candidates wanting to register for Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) examination have called on the board to address the poor internet services in purchasing Personal Identification Number (PIN) in banks.
A surveyed by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Keffi, Akwanga and Lafia Local Government Areas of Nasarawa State on Tuesday showed that the prospective candidates found it difficult to log into the JAMB’s website to get their PIN in banks since the commencement of the exercise on March.
The candidates, who spoke in an interview with NAN, expressed dissatisfaction with the poor internet service of the examination body and called for help.
They appealed for an urgent repair of the board’s connectivity service to enable them register for the examination before the closing date of April 20.
They described this year’s JAMB registration as frustrating and stressful.
Mr Francis Nangba, one of the JAMB candidates, said: “Since last week Monday, when I paid N5,500 for the examination form in the bank to get my PIN, after I have created my email address, I am yet to access my PIN as according to the bank, it was due to poor network.
“So, it is in view of this, I want to appeal to the authority concerned to speed up the JAMB registration processes to enable prospective candidates meet up with the registration deadline,” he said.
Another candidate, Ms Gloria Audu, said she had completed the entire requirement but she was yet to collect her PIN from the JAMB’s website due to the poor internet service.
“As you can see, look at the large crowd of candidates, some of us have been coming to the bank frequently but up till now, I am yet to receive my PIN number,” she lamented.
On his part, Mr Israel Isaac, said: “Staff of the examination body had been telling us to come back every time to collect our PIN but when we come, they will say, come tomorrow.
“The internet connectivity has really caused a problem for us and we just pray that the poor network will be solved in due time,’’ he said.
He also appealed to JAMB to find a lasting solution to the internet problem to enable them register before the scheduled date of the examination.
Reacting, the Zonal Acting Coordinator of JAMB in Lafia, Mr Moses Akobu, urged the prospective candidates to be patient, adding that the management of JAMB is on top of the situation to rectify the problem.
“The new e-vending system is error free, so the hitches in which candidates are facing is temporary, just within a few hours or days, the problem will be over,” he assured. (NAN)