The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) said it has ended plans to adopt additional USSD codes for use by candidates, in addition to code 55019, which has been in operation since 2018, for registration and other essential services provided by the board.

This is seen as part of the measures taken by the examination body to achieve a smooth flow of UTME/DE 2022 and to ensure that there is no congestion in the registration process when many candidates send their registration and examination requests through 55019.

This disclosure is included in a recent weekly bulletin issued by Fabian Benjamin, JAMB's Director of Public Relations, which can be viewed on their website.

The 55019 code is used to create registration profiles for candidates who need to send their National Identification Number (NIN) through the code in order to extract their details from the National Identity Management Council (NIMC) database their biometric capture center before proceeding to certification.

What JAMB is saying

The JAMB statement reads in part, "As part of the intensive preparation for the 2022 UTME/DE trouble-free registration event, the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) is putting the finishing touches on all arrangements to create additional Supplemental Service Data (USSD) codes for use by unstructured candidates.

" 55019 code is used to create registration profiles for candidates who need to send their National Identification Number (NIN) through the code in order to extract their details from the NIMC database before going to the authentication center for biometric capture.

"In order to ensure that there is no congestion during registration when many candidates send 2022/23 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and Direct Entry (DE) registration and examination requests through 55019, the Board has entered into arrangements to use alternative codes with similar features if candidates encounter any unexpected challenges associated with other codes.

Why this is important

Since 2018, JAMB has successfully used code 55019 for UTME registration and exam practice.

The planned introduction of another USSD code is intended to help exam boards align their service delivery with global best practices and hopefully remove any barriers candidates may encounter when creating a profile.

This will ensure that candidates get value for money and the quality service they deserve.

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