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Covid-19 induced major innovations in JAMB

By Raphael Jov, Abuja

In line with extant guidelines relating to I
physical/social distancing and other measures aimed at mitigating the spread of COVID-19 as issued by relevant agencies, the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has come up with a number of major innovations to proactively protect both staff and clients, particularly tertiary education candidates at its various centres, while rendering seamless services to the public.

These innovations which are critical to current operational imperatives include: the Appointment Booking- Platform which requires a candidate to secure an online appointment before visiting the
centres for any service to avoid crowd; the One-Time Password(OTP) which temporarily replaces biometric verification via fingerprints; the installation of Disinfectant Tunnel Sprayers at the entrances to all offices and centres of the Board to disinfect both staff and the public, and the introduction of SMA(R)T phone numbers for all the Board’s offices and Professional Test Centres(PTC) across the country.

Four of the innovations are ready to be rolled out; the appointment booking-platform, the One Time Password, the Disinfectant Tunnel Sprayers and the SMA(R)T phone numbers.
However the Board is rolling-out the first of the innovations which is the SMA(R)T phone numbers in this edition of the bulletin and would roll-out the others in subsequent editions.

As you may be aware, SMA(R)T phone
numbers popularly called “ vanity numbers ”in other climes are very easy to remember.
SMA(R)T (Vanity) numbers are
artificial numbers based on the letters of the beneficial owner of the number.

The letters in the name of the owner are keyed once wherever they occur on the phone pad. For example, JAMB which is the name of the beneficiary in this instance would apart from 0700 which is the SMA(R)T-code in Nigeria (for non-toll-free) have “J” of JAMB on key “5”, “A” on key “2”, “M” on “6” and “B” on “2”.
Consequently, all SMA(R)T JAMB numbers would include 5262. Therefore all JAMB numbers in different offices are unified with 0700-5(J)2(A)6(M)2(B) before the 3 or 4 other numbers for the state or centre.

This would make it easy for a candidate to remember the constant -0700-5262. These dedicated numbers are meant to facilitate round-the-clock access to JAMB services.

All JAMB SMA(R)T phone lines
would commence with ‘0700’, followed
by “JAMB” and then the first three letters
of each State with the exception of one or
two States that did not follow the
sequence of the first three letters.

For instance, Abia State would have ‘0700-
JAMB-ABI’ as its phone number. Where a
State Office has a subsidiary, the letter of
that subsidiary office would be captured to yield, for example, ‘0700-JAMB-BAO’ to indicate JAMB Bayelsa State Office, Otuoke Centre, as opposed to ‘0700- JAMB-BAY’ for the parent Office.

However, to avoid clashes in interpreting
the numbers, a few of the phone numbers of some subsidiary offices did not start with the first letter of their towns.

The Board is mindful of the fact that the normal eleven digit numbers are difficult to memorize but when it comes to SMA(R)T numbers, all a candidate needs to do is simply to add the last three letters of the State Capital of his choice to ‘0700-JAMB’.
Members of the public are to note that
these phone lines, while not toll-free, would be accessible on all networks.

HOW TO DIAL THE SMA(R)T NUMBERS:
To call any of the numbers, all a candidate
needs to do to attain the alphabets would
be to simply dial, just once, the
corresponding letters on the numeric
keys.

For instance, ‘5’ would yield ‘J’, ‘K’
and ‘L’ etc. Each number on the numeric
phone key (from 2 to 9) would bear the
letters under it. Note that the letters
dialed will be displayed as digits e.g:
0700-JAMB- ABI shall display as
07005262224 when dialed from the
numeric phone keys.

WHY ARE WE DOING THIS?
The Board, ever conscious of its social
responsibility to the public, has put these
preventive health strategies in place as
part of the overall measures taken to
reduce physical/social distancing in
compliance with prevailing protocols on
COVID-19.

Below are the SMA(R)T numbers of the offices and PTC centres.

SNo JAMB Office SMA(R)T Number
Interpretationof the
SMA(R)TNumber
1 ABIA 0700-JAMB-ABI 0700-5262-224

2 ADAMAWA 0700-JAMB-ADA 0700-5262-232

3 AKWA-IBOM 0700-JAMB-AKW 0700-5262-259

4 ANAMBRA 0700-JAMB-ANA 0700-5262-262

5 BAUCHI 0700-JAMB-BAU 0700-5262-228

6 BAYELSA 0700-JAMB-BAY 0700-5262-229

7 BAYELSA (Otuoke) 0700-JAMB-BAO 0700-5262-226

8 BENUE 0700-JAMB-BEN 0700-5262-236

9 BORNO 0700-JAMB-BOR 0700-5262-267

10 CROSS-RIVER 0700-JAMB-CRS 0700-5262-277

11 DELTA 0700-JAMB-DEL 0700-5262-335

12 EBONYI 0700-JAMB-EBO 0700-5262-326

13 EDO 0700-JAMB-EDO 0700-5262-336

14 EKITI 0700-JAMB-EKI 0700-5262-354

15 ENUGU 0700-JAMB-ENU 0700-5262-368

16 FCT (Garki) 0700-JAMB-FCG 0700-5262-324

17 FCT (Fed Secretariat) 0700-JAMB-FSC 0700-5262-372

18 FCT (Kogo) 0700-JAMB-FCK 0700-5262-325

19 GOMBE 0700-JAMB-GMB 0700-5262-462

20 IMO 0700-JAMB-IMO 0700-5262-466

21 JIGAWA 0700-JAMB-JIG 0700-5262-544

22 KADUNA 0700-JAMB-KAD 0700-5262-523

23 KANO 0700-JAMB-KAN 0700-5262-526

24 KANO (Farawa) 0700-JAMB-FARA 0700-5262-3272

25 KATSINA 0700-JAMB-KAT 0700-5262-528

26 KEBBI 0700-JAMB-KEB 0700-5262-532

27 KOGI 0700-JAMB-KOG 0700-5262-564

28 KWARA 0700-JAMB-KWA 0700-5262-592

29 LAGOS 0700-JAMB-LAG 0700-5262-524

30 NASARAWA 0700-JAMB-NAS 0700-5262-627

31 NIGER 0700-JAMB-NIG 0700-5262-644

32 NIGER (JAMB/NCC) 0700-JAMB-NIM 0700-5262-646

33 OGUN 0700-JAMB-OGU 0700-5262-648

34 ONDO 0700-JAMB-OND 0700-5262-663

35 OSUN 0700-JAMB-OSU 0700-5262-678

36 OSUN (ILOBUROAD) 0700-JAMB-OSO 0700-5262-676

37 OYO 0700-JAMB-OYO 0700-5262-696

38 OYO (IGBOHO) 0700-JAMB-OYGH 0700-5262-6944

39 PLATEAU 0700-JAMB-PLA 0700-5262-752

40 RIVERS 0700-JAMB-RIV 0700-5262-748

41 SOKOTO 0700-JAMB-SOK 0700-5262-765

42 TARABA 0700-JAMB-TAR 0700-5262-827

43 YOBE 0700-JAMB-YOB 0700-5262-962

44 ZAMFARA 0700-JAMB-ZAM 0700-5262-926

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