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The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has introduced that candidates for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and Direct Entry will not be required to supply their e mail addresses on the level of registration.

The new adjustment is to guard candidates from numerous types of manipulation and distortion of their private particulars by some fraudulent cyber café operators.

The Registrar of JAMB, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, who made the disclosure whereas addressing newsmen on the board’s headquarters on Wednesday in Bwari, Abuja, mentioned the change, would take impact from Thursday, April 15, 2021.

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What the JAMB Registrar is saying

Oloyede mentioned, “They achieve entry to profiles of those candidates underneath the pretense of making an e mail deal with for them. Then they modify and block the candidates from receiving messages from the board. They additionally extort them after they modify their passwords.

In view of this, the board has give you changes to our operations. The first determination is that starting from Thursday, April 15, candidates would not be required to supply any e mail deal with throughout registration from this yr onwards.

It is by going to those cyber cafes to open emails that these candidates are open to abuse and stealing of their private knowledge,’’ he mentioned.

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He mentioned that the board now had a cellular app that might permit candidates to deal straight with the board with their smartphones or through SMS to ‘55019’ code choice.

The code choice, he defined, would permit candidates to test admission standing in addition to all different verifications through SMS.

He mentioned, “Printing of examination slips, outcomes notification or elevating tickets could be carried out wherever through the use of candidates’ registration quantity solely. However, on the shut of registration yearly, we would want the e-mail addresses of the candidates so we are able to have entry to as lots of them as attainable.

At the conclusion of registration, candidates are anticipated to ship their e mail addresses via the cellular app or textual content message to the 55019 code twice, for validation. This is to replace their profile with JAMB as the e-mail will not be used as entry to their profile, however relatively as a communication software with candidates.’

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While advising candidates to protect their telephones with utmost care because it was the weapon for all transactions, Oloyede mentioned that henceforth, all JAMB owned Computer-Based Tests (CBT) centres throughout the nation, would solely permit candidates with ATM playing cards into its centres.

He mentioned that with a purpose to minimize down on the actions of fraudsters who hijack candidates to extort cash from them, the centres would not permit candidates go exterior the centres to pay for his or her e-pins and different money transactions.

The JAMB Registrar mentioned, “Only candidates with ATM playing cards can be allowed into all JAMB owned CBT centres, it may be that of their mother and father so long as they’ve the pin for the transaction.

“Those with out ATM playing cards can go to different privately owned CBT centres the place they’ll pay money to register however we won’t take money or transact exterior our centres.’’

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What you need to know

Meanwhile, in a associated growth, JAMB had mentioned that the board misplaced over N10 million in 2020 to actions of fraudsters who penetrated their fee portal for ad-hoc employees.

The JAMB Registrar mentioned that the cash, which was meant to pay JAMB ad-hoc employees from the 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), was hijacked by the suspected fraudsters.

JAMB had just a few days in the past confirmed the graduation of registration for the 2021 UTME/DE examinations after the preliminary hiccup.

It said that candidates should present NIN on the level of registration with the registration by Direct Entry candidates to run concurrently with that of UTME candidates.

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