The Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board (JAMB) has introduce the use of USSD code for generating a profile code for 2021 UTME registration. The board through its Registrar, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, disclosed this during a press news conference at the headquarters in Abuja, on Monday.
He noted that the USSD code is as an option to the SMS process of generating profile code. The registrar said the use of the USSD code would commence from Friday, April 30.
He revealed that the board had received complaints especially from parents of candidates who had tried to register their children and wards but had been unsuccessful. He added that service providers had, however, continued to extort candidates by deducting N50 SMS charges at each trial to generate a profile without a positive response.
In his words, Oloyede Said, “Parents are being extorted when sending requests unsuccessfully and at the end, nothing comes or is delayed by the network and yet, N50 is being charged and deducted. “You must note that these charges do not come to JAMB but to the service providers. ”Therefore, we have asked all those concerned to go back and ensure that where a service is not fully rendered and charges were deducted, such monies should be refunded to the candidates.
“JAMB does not have the capacity to enforce this refund or monitor compliance but we are expanding our stakeholders to include Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission to do it.
“They will join our task force to check on any act of extortion, while we also invite Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to monitor and check on these service providers.
”Another option we are creating asides from sending an SMS to 55019 to generate a profile code will include dialing *55019*1*NIN#. This will, however, take effect from Friday, April 30,” he said.