JAMB ditches old USSD (55019), adopts new code.
Information reaching us is that the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board JAMB has ditched their previous USSD code and adopted a new one.
The previous USSD code 55019 which has been in use since the 2018 UTME exams for registration and examinations has come to it’s end.
The board disclosed this as part of its measures to ensure a hitch free UTME exams come May 2022.
This move is also to reduce the congestion candidates encounter when sending their requests for registration.
The disclosure as contained in JAMB’s weekly bulletin and released by it’s PR Fabian Benjamin, reads in part:
“As part of the intensive preparations for a hitch-free 2022 UTME/DE registration exercise, the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) is putting finishing touches to all arrangements for the institution of an additional Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD) code to be used by candidates.
‘’The 55019 code is used to create profiles for registration by candidates who are required to send their National Identification Number (NIN) via the code for their details to be pulled from the NIMC database before proceeding to a certified centre for their biometric capturing.
‘’To ensure that there is no congestion during registration when many candidates would be sending their requests via 55019 for the 2022/23 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and Direct Entry (DE) Registration and Examination, the Board has concluded arrangements to have an alternative code with a similar function for the benefit of candidates should they encounter any unexpected challenge with the other code.’’