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Sale Of UTME Application Documents: JAMB Warns Financial Institutions Against Extraction

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has cautioned financial institutions engaged in the sale of its application documents against extorting candidates prior to the sale of the 2023 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) application documents.

The Board further cautions that any exam that is interrupted due to a power outage or a lack of Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) coverage will not be compensated.

The Board reportedly claimed that only financial institutions that have registered with the Board will be permitted to sell its e-PINs.

At an interactive meeting with financial institutions on January 6, 2023, the Registrar, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, emphasized that all participating vendors and tellers must express interest and register with the Board are for ease of identification and record keeping.

While thanking the financial institutions for their support to the Board over the years, he said that their timely and priceless ideas and suggestions have helped the Board drastically reduce the financial burden of its transactions
and helped transform the financial processes of the Board to one that is attuned to modern dictates.

Prof. Oloyede admonished vendors to be upright in their dealings with the aspiring UTME/DE candidates so as not to run foul of its extant rules of engagement.

He said that in the past, payment for Mock-UTME was made to the CBT centres on the day of the examination.

However, it was observed that most candidates, who had indicated interest to sit the mock, ended up not showing up for theexamination resulting in waste of
manpower and material resources.

The Registrar disclosed that it was this development that made the Board impose a fee of N1000 payable at the point of registration by candidates interested in taking the Mock-UTME to ensure their commitment.

While rolling out the rates, the Registrar warned against any form of extortion and untoward acts that could jeopardise the noble aspirations of the Board in rendering seamless services to prospective candidates desirous of further education.

He reminded all financial institutions that they would be held accountable for the actions of their sub-agents and, as such, are to ensure that only credible staff are employed to man their operations.

He said candidates have the options of paying through Banks, Mobile Money Operators and online payment on the JAMB portal through Remita/Interswitch), among others.

The Registrar, while explaining the seamless payment process said each candidate must have obtained the National Identification Number (NIN) as that is the gateway to the registration because the candidates would first create a profile by sending their NIN,
followed by a space, then the eleven-digit number (NIN) to 55019 or 66019.

He stressed that all transactions at the CBT centres would be cashless to prevent warehousing and extortion of candidates.

He disclosed that all payments to centres shall be collected by the Board and remitted to the centres every week.

Furthermore, the Registrar explained that the cell phone number used for sending the NIN to 55019 is automatically tied to the candidate’s name supplied by the National Identity Management
Commission (NIMC) and would be used in all communications related to the candidate’s application and examination.

According to him, after sending a message to 55019, candidates will receive on their phones, a 10-digit profile code and the registered name with NIMC, which would be presented at the point of procurement of e-PINs (Banks, USSD, sales outlets, vendors, etc.).

Afterwards, the e-PIN would be sent as a text message to candidates after t he payment
of all necessary fees. The candidate will present the e-PIN at any JAMB-accredited CBT centre for registration.

The sale of the 2023 UTME application documents would commence on Saturday, January 14th, 2023 and end on Tuesday, 14th February, 2023.

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