Candidates seeking admission to the Nigerian Open University of Nigeria and other open distance learning centers are now required to register through the Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board (JAMB) and provide their unique National Identification Number (NIN). This new directive aims to combat fraudulent activities in the registration process.

According to an advisory released by JAMB in Abuja, the Board emphasized the mandatory nature of providing NINs for all applicants wishing to study in Nigerian tertiary institutions, regardless of whether they are enrolled in regular or non-regular study modes such as NOUN, Distance Learning, Part-time, and Sandwich programs.

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“To curb fraudulent practices and comply with its statutory mandate, JAMB requires prospective candidates in non-regular programs to first generate a profile code by sending their NIN from their registered phone number to either of JAMB’s dedicated short codes (55019 or 66019),” the advisory stated.

The advisory further outlined that previous candidates in non-regular programs who have not linked their NIN or registered phone number with JAMB must do so to access any services provided by the Board.

JAMB assured applicants that the registration process would remain accessible throughout the year, allowing candidates in the non-regular category to apply through JAMB before approaching their preferred institutions for admission processing using their JAMB registration numbers. Additionally, candidates are required to pay a processing fee determined by their chosen institutions.

This initiative underscores JAMB’s commitment to ensuring transparency and integrity in the admissions process across Nigerian tertiary institutions.