The Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board (JAMB) says the board will introduce the usage of USSD code as an choice to the SMS strategy of producing a profile code for registration.
The board stated, the event was a part of measures put in place to deal with some challenges skilled by candidates of its Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).
The Registrar of the board, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, disclosed this throughout a information briefing on the board’s headquarters in Bwari, Abuja, on Monday.
Oloyede stated the usage of the united states code would begin from Friday, April 30.
He stated the board had acquired complaints particularly by mother and father of candidates who had tried to register their youngsters and wards however had been unsuccessful.
He stated that service suppliers had, nevertheless, continued to extort candidates by deducting N50 SMS prices at every trial to generate a profile and not using a optimistic response.
” Mother and father are being extorted when sending requests unsuccessfully and on the finish, nothing comes or is delayed by community and but, N50 is being charged and deducted.
” You need to be aware that this prices don’t come to JAMB however to the service suppliers.
” Due to this fact, we’ve requested all these involved to return and be certain that the place a service shouldn’t be totally rendered and prices have been deducted, such monies ought to be refunded to the candidates.
”JAMB don’t have the capability to implement this refund or monitor compliance however we’re increasing our stakeholders to incorporate Federal Competitors and Client Safety Fee to do it.
” They may be part of our job power to examine on any act of extortion, whereas we additionally invite Nigerian Communications Fee (NCC) to observe and examine on these service suppliers.
” Another choice we’re creating asides sending an SMS to 55019 to generate a profile code will embody dialing *55019*1*NIN#.
” It will, nevertheless, take impact from Friday, April 30,” he stated.
The registrar, who frowned at candidates’ lack of ability to observe the appropriate process for the train, additionally stated that the board, alongside its main stakeholders, had agreed to accommodate widespread errors made in the course of the registration course of.
A few of the errors, he famous, have been candidates mistakenly sending ‘NIN’ with no house earlier than typing the precise quantity.
Some sort with out spacing, some embody comas and even hyphen.
”We have now tried to enlighten the general public on easy methods to ship and obtain a profitable profile code however candidates appear to get it improper. We are going to work out modalities to accommodate all these widespread errors.
”That’s to say that, whether or not one places house or not, hyphen or commas, the message ought to be capable of ship.
”We have now requested the service suppliers to return and regulate their programs in order that such errors are accommodated and we can even return to the drafting board and incorporate these errors into our programs.
”This could take 5 days ranging from right this moment. We consider that after Friday, April 30, those that make such widespread errors ought to be capable of generate a profile code,” he stated.
Oloyede additionally stated that candidates who had registered for UTME within the earlier 12 months may additionally generate a code with the identical phone quantity, following the 2021 strategy of producing a profile code.
He defined that the one distinction between the earlier registration course of and that of this 12 months was the inclusion of NIN.
The identical code, he acknowledged, may be despatched to the candidate however would have undergone an improve from the board’s system.
He additionally famous that the board was connecting successfully with the Nationwide Id Administration Fee (NIMC) on the registration course of and have had not a lot to fret about.