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JAMB may grant waiver to candidates without SIM card, issues guidelines to centres

JAMB has considered granting waivers to candidates who are yet to acquire a SIM card to register for the examinations.

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The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has said that a waiver might be granted to candidates who were yet to acquire a SIM card and want to register for the examinations.

This is coming after it reiterated that the use of a National Identification Number (NIN) is mandatory for the 2021 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME) and Direct Entry registration.

According to a report from the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), this disclosure on the requirements was made by the Registrar of JAMB, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, on the sidelines of a meeting with Computer Based Test (CBT) centre owners and other stakeholders on Friday in Abuja.

READ: NIN: International passport renewal and 6 other key uses of the number

What the Registrar of JAMB is saying

Oloyede in his statement said, “This year, we are going into full partnership with the National Identification Management Commission (NIMC). Everyone who wants to register with us must have completed their registration with NIMC because this year, all we need is first, your NIN.

Once you send it to 55019, no name required, we continue from there. We will pull your data from NIMC that’s all.

We have approached the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy on that and we are hopeful that we will be granted a waiver for those in that category with conditions.”

He said that any telephone number used by applicants to send the NIN automatically becomes the number for all JAMB transactions with the candidate.

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The registrar, however, cautioned that no JAMB accredited CBT centre or its official would be allowed to be an agent for NIN registration adding that the board would not tolerate any infraction by any centre.

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While pointing out that the board would not hesitate to reward centres that had proven to be credible by upgrading them to level `A’ partners, Oloyede charged the stakeholders to ensure strict compliance with rules to avoid being delisted as partners.

He said, “Accredited centres must not collect above N700 for service charge from candidates. No offline registration or by proxy and all candidates with biometric challenges should be referred to the board’s headquarters in Abuja.

You must not put any other SIM card besides the one provided by JAMB into another router in another centre because we would be monitoring. Do not allow parents or guardians into centres and you must not carry out tutorials at any of these centres except if it is pro-bono. We do not want candidates being extorted.

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All accredited centres with more than one centre must take note that once one of such centres commits any infraction, it affects all and all the centres will be discontinued.”

He said further that all accredited centres must have a public address system and must fully observe Covid-19 protocols adding that all candidates’ pictures must be taken with white background at the centres during registration or the centres risk being delisted.

He said, “We are giving 20 access codes free of charge to all centres to avoid overcrowding. There must be no transfer of these access codes to another centre or the candidates would be at risk.

We expect every centre to utilise at least 10 of the 20 access codes and if you want more, we can add to it, depending on how many candidates you register in a day.

We will not tolerate any centre opening less than 10 access, except where there are no candidates to register at all.”

The registrar added that candidates must be allowed to preview the details of registration before final submission to give room for corrections.

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What you should know

  • Recall that JAMB, a few days ago announced the commencement of the 2021 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and Direct Entry (DE) registration exercise with registration expected to start on Thursday, April 8, 2021, and end on Saturday, May 15, 2021. The UTME is expected to hold on June 5, 2021, and June 19, 2021.
  • The exam body stated that all potential candidates must provide NIN at the point of registration adding that registration has been scheduled to take place in 700 centres across the country.

Chike Olisah is a graduate of accountancy with over 15 years working experience in the financial service sector. He has worked in research and marketing departments of three top commercial banks. Chike is a senior member of the Nairametrics Editorial Team. You may contact him via his email- [email protected]

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    NPA suspends Electronic Call-up for trucks at APM terminal, Apapa

    This follows a fallout of the dispute between members of the Maritime Workers Union and the management of AP Moller Terminals.

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    The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has announced the suspension of the Electronic Call-up for trucks (ETO) for cargoes bound for the AP Moller Terminal (APMT) in Apapa.

    This follows the disruption of operations at the terminal which is a fallout of the dispute between members of the Maritime Workers Union and the management of AP Moller Terminals.

    This disclosure is contained in a series of tweet posts by NPA on its official Twitter handle on Thursday, April 15, 2021.

    The NPA said that while it is working towards resolving the dispute between both parties, APMT will not receive or exit cargoes for the next 24 hours.

    The tweet from NPA reads, ”Following a dispute with the management of AP Moller Terminals at the Lagos Ports Complex, Apapa, members of the Maritime Workers Union have today, April 15, disrupted operations at the terminal.

    While the NPA is working toward resolving the dispute between the two parties, APMT will not be able to receive or exit cargoes for the next 24 hours.

    The authority hereby urges stakeholders to please take note, as ETO tickets will not be issued to APMT bound cargoes.’’

    What you should know

    • There were earlier reports that the Maritime Workers’ Union of Nigeria (MWUN) on April 15 shut down AP Moller Terminal (APMT) in Apapa.
    • The President-General of MWUN, Mr Adewale Adeyanju, disclosed that the grounding of activities at the terminal is due to the expiration of the one week plus notice given to the management of the terminal to adhere to the laws of the land.

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    NCC issues NIN enrollment guideline for foreigners living in Nigeria

    All legally resident foreigners are required to obtain a NIN just like Nigerian citizens.

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    Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) has issued NIN enrollment guidelines for foreigners living in Nigeria.

    According to NCC, all persons in Nigeria who use mobile networks are required to register their SIM cards and link them with the NIN database.

    This was disclosed by the commission via its Twitter handle on Thursday.

    READ: Here are 6 directives NCC gave MTN, Airtel, others on SIMs without NIN

    It tweeted, “All persons in Nigeria who use mobile networks are required to register their SIM cards and link them with the NIN database.

    All legally resident foreigners (i.e. non-Nigerians living and working in Nigeria) are to obtain a NIN just like Nigerian citizens. They can do this by submitting valid resident/work permits at NIMC enrolment centres.

    However, foreigners on tourist or visiting visa are to tender their international passports to acquire a SIM. But where such a visiting foreigner or tourist’s immigration status changes to residency or work permit, he/she will be required to obtain NIN and link the registered SIM.”

    READ: Beware of fake NIN app, NIMC warns Nigerians

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    It added that the NIN does not confer citizenship on foreigners but only serves to identify a person (citizens and legal residents).

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