Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board (JAMB) says the board will introduce the use of USSD code as an option to the SMS process of generating a profile code for registration.
The Registrar of the board, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, made the disclosure during a news briefing at the board’s headquarters in Bwari, Abuja.
Oloyede said it was part of measures it had put in place to address some challenges experienced by candidates of its Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).
He said: “We came together as a team to proffer solution by creating a USSD Code which will start functioning from Friday 30th of April.
“The USSD code would be available to the student who is yet to send their NIN number to the number requested, they can get to send the USSD code which consists of *55019*1*NIN# then they get the Pin needed for further registration.”
The registrar said before the USSD, the registration was seamless but attributed hitches to errors by parents and candidates.
While visiting some registration centres in Lagos, he was able to troubleshoot issues for some of the candidates.
He noted that there would be a N50.00 charge to get the code after candidates send their NIN as SMS to 55019.
However, many received error messages because they had no airtime credit or did not input the NIN with required spacing between the numbers.
“Some of the students didn’t know that after you have send the code with a number at first then the number would be registered so if he or she attempts another number it won’t go unless they resolve the issues with the number and then attempt again with the registered number then the Pin will be generated for the registration process.
“We have an open ticket on www.jamb.com so the student could also check for the reasons why the NIN number isn’t been processed with their phone.
“If there are problems we will know because we are also receiving the company of the process on the database of the jamb,” he said.
Oloyede accused parents of causing some of the problems by not allowing the candidates to register by themselves.