January 22, 2019

BYS Civil Service Commission: Successful Candidates for the 2018 Recruitment

BYS Civil Service Commission: Successful Candidates for the 2018 Recruitment

After the second aptitude test which took place at the Niger Delta University's ICT centre, Campus Extension (New Site), the Bayelsa State Civil Service Commission has, on its website, published the names of successful candidates for the 2018 recruitment. If you sat for that examination, you can check your name on the list using either of the corresponding links below. Congratulations!
BYS Civil Service Commission: Successful Candidates for the 2018 Recruitment












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MTN Nigeria: How to Speak to a Customer Care Representative in Few Seconds

MTN Nigeria: How to Speak to a Customer Care Representative in Few Seconds

MTN Nigeria: How to Speak to a Customer Care Representative in Few Seconds
We call MTN's customer care helpline, 180, for three main reasons: complaint, inquiry and request. Except you are yet to experience it, you need no one to tell you how annoying it can be when MTN, instead of transferring your call to a customer care representative, fills your ears with its adverts and self-service options and keeps you entertained for over 30 minutes whenever you call 180 for either of these reasons. It is frustrating because you are sometimes (if not often) forced to end the call without achieving your aim.


Although it is good to listen to the self-service options when you call 180, especially when your question has to do with "how to change your preferred language," "activation of data bundles and tariff plans" or "account recharge," it is better to speak to a customer care representative in order to avoid any problem. And it is important you do this in few seconds. To speak to a customer care representative in few seconds whenever you call MTN's helpline, endeavour to follow the steps below:

1. Dial 180. Wait for 2 seconds after the call has connected.

2. Press 9. Wait for 2 seconds.

3. Press 6. Wait for 2 seconds.

4. Press 0, and your call is transferred to a customer care representative.
Presidential Debate: Why You Should Vote for Atiku in the Forthcoming Presidential Election

Presidential Debate: Why You Should Vote for Atiku in the Forthcoming Presidential Election

To be sincere, my choice candidate for the next election is between Moghalu, Durotoye and Oby (and manageably Sowore). Buhari and Atiku are far from it. Atiku has, to me, not shown enough difference between himself and Buhari, even though he is a lesser evil. But I will consider Atiku should the system remain the same. The rest are not ready for this election. Except by divine intervention, none of the other candidates can win even in a local government. If the rest were ready, they would have pulled their strings together to form a third force and thereby creating a realistic option. How do I mean?
Presidential Debate: Why You Should Vote for Atiku in the Forthcoming Presidential Election

We have 119,973 polling units in 8,809 wards of the 774 LGAs in Nigeria. Any serious political party must have structures in all these units to win a Presidential election. It's obvious the only parties that can boast of this are the APC and the PDP. Technically, if I gave my vote to anyone aside Atiku, it means I voted for Buhari because every single vote against Atiku is to Buhari's favour. In other words, a vote for Oby, Moghalu, Sowore, Durotoye, etc is a vote for Buhari.


I hate that these charismatic young brains are leaving me with no choice than to give Atiku my vote. But if we must be realistic, the candidates in this election are just Buhari and Atiku – the devil and the demon. The worst thought is that if I decided to stay away from the election, it technically means I have endorsed Buhari for another term because a vote down is a vote for Buhari. No, that would be a nightmare. God must forbid! The election is here. Please vote wisely!

© Barr. Itsede K. Okhai

January 17, 2019

JAMB's 2019 UTME/Direct Entry Examination: All You Need to Know

JAMB's 2019 UTME/Direct Entry Examination: All You Need to Know

This is all you need to know about JAMB's 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and Direct Entry (DE) examination.


JAMB's 2019 UTME/Direct Entry Examination: All You Need to Know

1. 2019 UTME/DE APPLICATION
Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for admission to Tertiary Institutions in Nigeria for academic session beginning in 2019.

2. SALE/REGISTRATION PERIOD
The period of sale/registration for all candidates (UTME/DE) including those from Foreign Countries is from 10th January, 2019 to 21st February, 2019

3. GENERAL ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
The general entry requirements for admission into the First Degree, National Diploma (ND), National Innovation Diploma (NID) and Nigeria Certificate in Education (NCE) programmes are five (5) O'Level Credit passes including English Language. Details are available in the eBrochure which would be given to each Candidate at the JAMB accredited CBT centres and State-Offices. It is also available for download at www.jamb.gov.ng and on Android Mobile App(JAMB IBASS) from the Google Play store.

DO NOT GIVE YOUR PASSWORD to any centre (or Cyber Café). Any centre that asks for more than your profile code, email address and registration number is a fraudster. Do not give any password.

3.2 Direct Entry
Candidates with any of the following qualifications may be considered for admission by Direct Entry:

i. A minimum of O'Level credit pass in five (5) SSCE subjects at not more than two sittings with at least two prescribed subjects [for each programme (course of study)] at Principal or Advanced level.

ii. Two passes (in prescribed subjects for each course of study) at the Advanced-Level Examination of IJMB, Cambridge, JUPEB or Institute of Baccalaureate with SSCE/GCE, NTS/NBC credits equivalents in three other subjects

iii. Passes in two major subjects in the NCE with S.S.C.E., NTC/NBC credits or equivalents in THREE other subjects (mainly for Education Courses) and ND.

iv. Minimum of lower credit grade in National Diploma or National Innovation Diploma and the O'Level requirements

DE CANDIDATES WILL BE REQUIRED TO PROVIDE THEIR JAMB REGISTRATION NUMBERS WITH WHICH THEY GAINED ADMISSION TO NCE/NID/DIPLOMA AND PREVIOUS DEGREE PROGRAMMES.

QUALIFICATIONS AWARDED BY EXAMINATION BODIES (IJMB, CAMBRIDGE, WAEC, JUPEB, etc.) APPROVED BY NIGERIA SHALL NOT REQUIRE ANY PREVIOUS JAMB NUMBER.

3.3 CANDIDATES NEED NOT TAKE UTME AND DE AT THE SAME TIME. IF THEY APPLY THROUGH UTME AND LATER OBTAIN DE QUALIFICATION, THEY CAN UPGRADE THEIR UTME TO DE AT NO COST.

CAVEAT: Registration can only be done at the centres listed on our site (www.jamb.gov.ng) and pasted at JAMB offices in each State capital. Anybody who registers outside these centres does so at his/her risk.

4. ORDER OF CHOICE OF INSTITUTIONS
Every candidate is to note that the 1st choice can be a College of Education, University, Innovation Enterprise Institution, Polytechnic/Monotechnic, Nigerian Defence Academy or the Police Academy.

5. STEPS FOR 2019 REGISTRATION

A. PROFILE REGISTRATION
i. One Cell (mobile) number (SIM) can be used by one candidate only. The Cell phone number used for the text message is automatically tied to the Candidate's name and will be used in all communications related to his/her 2019 Application, Examination/Admission. NOTE THE SIM-NUMBER USED. IT IS OF UTMOST IMPORTANCE FOR SUBSEQUENT COMMUNICATION.

ii. Candidate sends his/her name [Surname First-Name Middle-Name (if any)] by text (SMS) to 55019. This should be maximum of 38 characters + 2 spaces between names = 40 characters in all to 55019 e.g Tinubu Adamu Odumegwu.
Surname and first name are mandatory.

iii. A Profile Code of 10 characters is received by the candidate on the same telephone(SIM) number.

iv. Candidate presents the profile code to the point of procurement of form (Banks, MMOs, MFBs, Switches, USSD Partners). The form-ePIN is then sent as text message to the candidate.

v. Candidate presents the ePIN at any JAMB accredited CBT Centre for registration

B. SELF HELP IN CASE OF MISTAKE/LOSS OF PROFILE CODE
i. To correct a mistake in candidate's name, send the [CORRECT Surname First-Name Middle-Name] to 55019 as a text message from the same mobile number.

ii. To retrieve a lost Profile Code, send [RESEND] to 55019 as text message from the same mobile number.

iii. Candidate can reset lost or forgotten Profile Password on their registered cell phone by sending [password] space [email address] to 55019 as a text message from the same mobile number.

C. (FREE COMPLAINT) TICKETING
For ALL complaints on JAMB processes, candidates can create a support ticket at (support.jamb.gov.ng) with his/her email address registered on the Board's site. The candidate then provides his/her name, phone number and the nature of issue, select a complaint area on a drop down and then summarize the nature of complaint. He/she may also attach supporting documents (if available) then send.

NOTE THAT YOUR PASSWORD SHOULD NOT BE RELEASED TO ANYONE. JAMB CAN ONLY HELP ON PROFILE-PASSWORD, NOT E-MAIL-BOX-PASSWORD. YOU CAN ALSO CHECK YOUR ADMISSION STATUS ON JAMB IBASS APP ON YOUR PHONE. DO NOT CHECK AT ANY CYBER CAFÉ THAT WOULD DEMAND YOUR PASSWORD WHICH IS THEN USED TO STEAL YOUR RECORDS. “TO BE FOREWARNED IS TO BE FOREARMED.”

D. JAMB ePIN SELLING POINTS
The ePIN outlets are:

i. NIPOST and eleven Participating Banks (ACCESS, FCMB, FIDELITY, FIRSTBANK, JAIZ, Polaris, Stanbic IBTC, STERLING, UNION and UNITY).

ii. Mobile Money Operators: Paga, e-Transact, Pocket Moni, TEASYPay ,Packway Projects (Readycash) and Xpress payment solutions.

iii. Participating Micro Finance Banks: Trust MFB, Zazzau MFB, Obeledun MFB and Regent MFB.

iv. Online Payment Platforms: System Specs (Remita),InterSwitch (Quickteller) Upper-link, e-Transact and Unified Payment Services (UPS).

v. Cooperative Society: JAMB Multi-Purpose Cooperative Society.

vi Others: Unique ICT, Digital Partners Network.

vii. POS (Citi-Serve).

viii. ATMs of banks listed in 5D (i) above (InterSwitch).

ix. USSD (ERCAS) for mobile banking.

x. Nigerian Embassies in Abidjan, Accra, Addis Ababa, Beau, Cotonou, Jeddah, Johannesburg, and London.

E. DUTIES OF PARTICIPATING BANKS/OUTLETS
i. Collect the Profile Code from candidate's phone.

ii. Collect payment and vend ePIN by SMS to candidate's phone (Not dictating or copying).

iii. Facilitate POS Payment, if necessary.

iv. Issue Evidence of Payment.

v. Collect Centre Service Fees, if requested by the CBT Centre.

vi. ePIN is to be delivered electronically to candidates and not to be handwritten.

F. SIX DIFFERENT MODES/METHODS OF PAYMENT/PROCUREMENT OF ePIN FOR REGISTRATION (CHOOSE SUITABLE ONE)

i. PAYMENT THROUGH BANKS INCLUDING MICRO FINANCE BANKS
a. Present Profile Code and pay by cash or card.

b. ePIN is then delivered to the candidate's unique telephone number.

ii. PAYMENT THROUGH POS
This is available at State Offices of JAMB + CBT Centres, other POS outlets and any CBT Centre that demands it.
a. Present Profile Code and pay by card.

b. ePIN is then delivered to the candidate's unique telephone number.

iii. PAYMENT THROUGH MOBILE MONEY OPERATORS 
This is available at CBT Centres and Other Outlets.
a. Present Profile Code and pay by cash.

b. ePIN is then delivered to the candidate's unique telephone number.

iv. PAYMENT USING ATM
This is available on all ATM outlets of Participating Banks listed in 5D (I) (Interswitch Channel).
a. Select Bill Payment and then pick JAMB.

b. Enter Profile Code and pay.

c. ePIN is then delivered to the candidate's unique telephone number.

v. ONLINE PAYMENT ON JAMB PORTAL
a. Visit JAMB website: www.jamb.gov.ng.

b. Click purchase of 2019 Application Document.

c. Enter your Profle Code.

d. Select payment method (Interswitch, Remita, e-Transact, Unified Payment Solutions, Upper –link or Paga).

d. Make payment.

e. ePIN is then delivered to the candidate's unique telephone number.

vi. PAYMENTS USING USSD (ERCAS)
a. Dial *565*6*55019#

b. Enter Profile Code.

c. Select bank and follow the prompts to complete payment.

d. ePIN is then delivered to the candidate's unique telephone number.

vii. Procedure for the eight foreign centres only is as follows:
a. Registration fee for candidates from the eight foreign countries is $20 or its equivalent in each of the eight countries.

b. Candidates from the eight foreign countries are to download the Application from the Board's website (www.jamb.gov.ng) complete and summit it with the fee at the eight designated centres as indicated on the website.

G. HOW TO RECOVER LOST ePIN AFTER PAYMENT
a. If ePIN is not Received or Lost, send [UTMEPIN] or [DEPIN] to 55019 for UTME or DE respectively from the unique number.

b. The ePIN would then be retrieved and delivered on the candidate's unique number

AFTER SUCCESSFUL PAYMENT AND OBTAINING ePIN, CANDIDATE SHOULD PROCEED TO ANY OF THE JAMB ACCREDITED CBT CENTRES TO COMPLETE HIS/HER REGISTRATION

H. REGISTRATION CENTRES
a. Only the accredited Computer Based Test Centres and JAMB Offices will be allowed to register candidates.

b. Each candidate should visit any accredited CBT centre (the list of accredited centres is on our website (www.jamb.gov.ng), with his/her personal details, the profile and evidence of payment. 


I. REGISTRATION PROCESS AT CBT CENTRES
The candidate PERSONALLY presents the ePIN at any JAMB accredited CBT Centre for validation and completion of registration. The name of the candidate as typed by the candidate on his/her phone when registering the profile comes up automatically on the input of the e-PIN by the CBT centre.

Candidates are to:
i. Pay NOT more than N700 as Service Charge to any of the accredited CBT Centres (Do not accept to leave your particulars for proxy registration. It will disqualify you).

ii. Provide Biodata including Date of Birth, Nationality, State of Origin, Local Government, Gender, e-mail address, telephone number, among others ( It is wait and get service).

iii. Provide choice of institutions and programmes (course of study).

iv. Provide qualification with grades and dates, if not awaiting result.

v. Upload relevant certificates, if not awaiting result (this is applicable for both UTME and Direct Entry (DE) candidates.

vi. O/L and or A/L grades are to be provided by candidates. Candidates who are awaiting results should supply (upload) the results online on CAPS (JAMB) as soon as they are available on JAMB's portal. No recommendations from any Institution will be considered by JAMB if the candidate has not uploaded his/her result on the portal of JAMB.

vii. Supply  JAMB  registration  number  for  previous  institutional certificates for DE only.

viii. Provide UTME subjects and choice of examination town(s) for: 
a. Mock examination (optional).

b. Examination for UTME (actual examination).

ix. Do picture capture (no scanning of passport photograph).

x. Do Biometric enrolment (ten fingers).

xi. Review entries and confirm correctness.

xii. Print Registration Slip USING BIOMETRIC AUTHENTICATION to confirm valid finger-print (UTME/DE). Note that authentication with your thumb removes blames of error from the CBT operators. Check before you confirm with your thumb.

xiii. Collect, at no other cost, the reading text and CD.

xiv. Each Candidate is to collect his/her e-slip at the end of registration as evidence of registration.

xv. There will be no offline registration, as all the accredited CBT centres have been empowered for real time online registration. No candidate should register at any centre other than the accredited CBT centre and JAMB State-Offices. Any candidate who is registered outside approved centres will be identified and disqualified.

J. BLIND CANDIDATES
Candidates who are blind are to indicate by typing BLIND and also picking the option of writing their examination through CBT mode or Read Examination Aloud.

K. DEAF/MUTE CANDIDATES
A special indicator for the deaf/mute has been created to differentiate them for special attention at the examination hall. Deaf candidates are therefore to confirm this appropriately during registration.

L. BIOMETRIC CHALLENGES
i. Candidates with biometric challenges can only register at JAMB headquarters in Abuja.

ii. No other CBT centre is allowed to register such candidates.

iii. They will also sit for their examination at JAMB headquarters in Abuja.

6. DATES AND VENUE FOR UNIFIED TERTIARY MATRICULATION EXAMINATION

6.1 The 2019 CBT EXAMINATION will commence on Saturday, 16th March and end on Saturday, 23rd March, 2019.

6.2 The venue of the examination will be at any centre in the candidate's chosen examination town(s).

JAMB does not post any candidate to any examination town (or group of towns) other than the one chosen by the candidate at the point of registration. Candidates are, however, advised to register on time before the available spaces in their town of choice or group of towns are exhausted.

7. REGISTRATION FEE/PROCUREMENT OF REGISTRATION EPINS

7.1 Registration Fee is Three Thousand Five Hundred (N3, 500) Naira Only. Additional Five Hundred (N500) Naira only is paid to obtain the reading text “Sweet Sixteen” by Bolaji Abdullahi for UTME Candidates and “The Last Days at Forcados High School” by A. H. Mohammed for DE Candidates and $20 for Candidates from the eight foreign centres.

7.2 A CD containing JAMB eSyllabus, eBrochure and other vital materials is also given free.

7.3 Candidates should note that ePINS purchased are tied to individual profile and are not transferrable.

7.4 Candidates are advised to keep as private and confidential their security details such as registration numbers, password/numbers of ATM Cards, email addresses and ePINs. No centre is allowed to request for or accept a candidate's password.

8. OPTIONAL MOCK-EXAMINATION

8.1 The Board will also conduct a mock examination in all the accredited CBT centres to prepare and familiarise INTERESTED Candidates with the CBT environment. Interested candidates are advised to indicate their interest in the mock examination during registration provided it is on or before 31st January, 2019

8.2 The date for MOCK examination shall be from Saturday 23rd  February, 2019.

8.3 Non-JAMB CBT Centres are allowed to collect, through their bank accounts, a separate Seven Hundred Naira (₦700) only, for mock exercise from only interested candidate(s) after notification of centre has been received by the candidate(s).The payment for mock examination by the candidate shall be made to the centre to which the candidate is assigned after the notification of assigned centres for the mock examination. No Association or body is permitted to run any mock examination on behalf of JAMB. 

Do not pay for mock until JAMB assigns you to a CBT centre. No one should patronise fraudsters. only JAMB accredited centres can do valid registration and serve as examination centre.

9. GENERAL INFORMATION

9. 1 All candidates must mandatorily register their profiles through text messages as illustrated above before proceeding to buy the ePIN.

9.2 Registration fee is non-refundable.

9.3 As it is the practice, centres are allowed to charge not more than Seven Hundred Naira (₦700) only as registration fee. Any centre that charges more than Seven Hundred Naira (₦700) should be reported to JAMB for appropriate sanctions.

9.4 All CBT centres have been mandated to select any of the participating banks, MMOs, MFBs, etc. These  financial institutions are to be present at the CBT centres for the purpose of collecting all fees. No CBT centre staff is allowed to conduct direct cash transaction with the candidates. 

9.5 Candidates are advised to read and understand the guidelines on admission and instructions on how to complete the online registration before commencing the process of registration.

9.6 Multiple registrations are not allowed. Candidates who register more than once will be identified and disqualified.

9.7 Candidates should note that they are required to be present and take live photograph which will be embossed on their result slips and admission letters. No scanned/stapled passport photograph is allowed.

9.8 Candidates are to note that irrespective of their choice of course of study, they will also be tested on a general text: Sweet Sixteen by Bolaji Abdullahi for UTME and “The Last Days at Forcados High School” by A.H. Mohammed for Direct Entry Candidates

9.9 Candidates/Officials would not be allowed to enter into the examination centre with earpiece, wristwatches, mobile phones, electronic devices, or any pen/biro. Only common pencil is allowed.

9.10 Candidates are warned that the Board does not require nor authorise the services of ANY cyber café or establishment other than the accredited CBT centres for this exercise.

Source: JAMB's Official Website.