Joint Admission Matriculation Board JAMB

Formation of JAMB (Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board)

Last updated on May 1st, 2024 at 10:12 am


Before establishing the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) in 1978, the only seven universities owned by the federal government of Nigeria at the time conducted their entrance examination and solely determined who was qualified.

JAMB is one of the agencies of Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Education. It’s one of the most active in the education ministry.

The concessional examination used by the federal universities was not unified, the admission committee of such institutions used criteria they deemed fit to admit students into the various degree programmes.


The system showed there were limitations and waste of resources by the various universities on the part of the admission seekers.

By 1976, the military regime of Gen. Olusegun Obasanjo created six additional universities and the existing problems regarding admission were compounded.

How JAMB Came About

To solve the issues of admission, the military government through the Ministry of Education inaugurated a national committee on university entrance.

Nigeria’s Minister of Education at the time Col. Ahmadu Alli announced the committee member, Mr. Michael Saidu Angulu was made the chairman.

After their sittings, the committee recommended the setting up of two bodies: 1) the Central Admissions Board, 2) the Joint Matriculation Board.

The government which accepted some of the recommendations of the committee came up with the name, “Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board” and JAMB was birthed through a Decree now an Act (no. 2 of 1978) on February 13, 1978.

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At inception, JAMB’s scope was limited to conducting exams for universities but there was a policy change in the 1980s.

Expansion of JAMB Mandate

The military regime of Gen. Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida (IBB) expanded the mandates of the examination body in August 1988 by amending the decree No. 2 of 1978.

No. 33 of 1989 (which took effect on December 7, 1989) empowers the Board not only to conduct to universities, but to conduct matriculation examinations for admission seekers into all polytechnics, colleges of education, and other higher institutions of learning in Nigeria.

By this time, Dr. Mohammed S. Abdulrahman had been appointed as the registrar while Prof. Jubril Aminu was the Minister of Education at the time.

Core Mandate of JAMB

Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board through its various departments is saddled to carry out the following functions:

1) To place suitably qualified candidates in the available places in all Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges of Education and other Nigerian higher institutions.

2) To appoint Examiners, Moderators, and Invigilators for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

3) To take into account the available vacancies and guidelines of universities before placing suitably qualified candidates in tertiary institutions

4) To collate and disseminate information on all matters relating to admissions into tertiary institutions.

5) To give approval for a company or institution that meet the guidelines of being certified as Computer Based Test (CBT).

6) To sanction erring CBT centres across Nigeria that engage in malpractice.


JAMB is headed by a registrar who is also called the CEO and assisted by heads of departments. The incumbent head of JAMB is Prof. Is-haq Olanrewaju Oloyede.

He is the registrar and the Chief Executive Officer of JAMB. Oloyede was appointed the registrar of JAMB in August 2016. He was re-appointed for another five-year term in August 2021 by Muhammadu Buhari.

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JAMB Departments

There are 12 departments in Joint Admission Matriculation Board (JAMB), they are:

  1. Admissions Department
  2. Test Development Department
  3. Quality Assurance Department
  4. Psychometrics Department
  5. General Services Department
  6. Test Administration Department
  7. Finance And Account Department
  8. Audit Department
  9. Special Duties Department
  10. Legal Department
  11. Human Resources Department
  12. Information Technology Services Department

Each of the departments is headed a director. The directors help the registrar in achieving the goals of the examination body.

The directors of the departments report directly to the registrar while the registrar in turn report to the Minister of Education

Governing Board

The governing board of JAMB is headed by Dr. Emmanuel Ndukwe. Members of the board are: Prof. Olanrewaju Fagbohun , Prof. Ibiyinka A. Fuwape, Prof. Richard Anande Kimbir , Prof. Mukhtar Atiku Kurawa, Professor Abubakar Musa Kundiri, and Prof. Uba Ahmad Ali

Former and Incumbent JAMB Registrars

Since the formation JAMB on February 13, 1978, the unified examination body’s affairs has been controlled by five registrars from 1978 till date.

The JAMB registrar who is also called the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) controls the affairs of the body and holds meetings with Vice-Chancellors or registrars of higher institutions in Nigeria.

Former JAMB registrarsYear in Office
Mr. Michael Saidu Angulu1978 – 1986
Dr. Mohammed S. Abdulrahman1986 – 1996
Professor Bello Ahmed Salim1996 – 2006
Professor Adedibu Ojerinde2006 – 2016
Professor Is-haq O. Oloyede2016 till date (till 2026)

Introduction of Computer-Based Test into JAMB

Until 2013, JAMB exams were Pencil and Paper Test (PPT). It was easy for officials of the examination body to manipulate and under-declare the number of UTME forms that were sold.

Corruption was the order of the day, but by 2013, after critically studying the University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) CBT format, JAMB had its first CBT across Nigeria.

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Prof. Adedibu Ojerinde was JAMB CEO at the time while Prof. Oloyede was the Vice-Chancellor of UNILORIN (the inventor of CBT into UNILORIN).

Technological advancement motivated the JAMB to adopt a Computer Based Test or CBT. As such, various CBT centres were certified across Nigeria.

Challenges of CBT

Oloyede who succeeded Ojerinde brought into JAMB several years of experience in conducting CBT. Oloyede can simply be described as the real reformer in the examination body once famous for its hardened corruption and ineptitude

On assumption of office August 2006, he discovered that some accredited CBT centres were manipulating the system and other challenges.

He was quoted as saying:

“The introduction of CBT posed and still poses its own new challenges, especially with respect to our digital limitations in Africa. Those who found the innovation revolutionary were things appear difficult. Besides those who benefited from the old order of the Pencil and Paper test, PPT, waged war in forms of protests and media onslaughts at the beginning.”


Oloyede who deployed his field marshals found some centres culpable of extortion and other activities that violate the setting up of CBT centres.

In 2019, TheGuardian reported that 14 CBT centres were deregistered for fraud; in 2021, 25 CBT centres were delisted, according to Premium Times Nigeria; in 2022 some centres were handed a severe warning for poor conduct.

Accredited JAMB CBT Centres in Nigeria

Today, approval for CBT centres is strict. CBT centres that pass through JAMB screening are saddled with the responsibility of handling candidates’ registration and sitting for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

At the time of publication, 784 CBT centres meet JAMB strict guidelines are spread across all 36 states including the FCT. You can find the centres in each of the states below

JAMB State Offices

JAMB has a presence in all states and the six geopolitical zones in Nigeria. It is headquartered at Bwari, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, Nigeria’s administrative capital.

Below is a list of JAMB state offices and annexes across Nigeria

Lagos (Annex)11 Ojora Road, Ikoyi, Lagos
Phone no: 07005262954
Kaduna (Annex)79, Tafawa Balewa Way, Kaduna
Phone no: 07005262953
Kwara (Annex)Oyun Area II, Orin, Ilorin
Phone: 07005262592
Abuja (Zonal Office)19 Karaye Street, Off Amurie Omanze Street,
Off Ladoke Akintola Boulevard, Garki, Abuja
Abuja (Registrar’s Liaison Office)4B254-6/264-8, 2nd Floor, Annex II
Federal Secretariat Complex,
Shehu Shagari Way, Abuja.
Edo (Zonal)Plot 21B, Ikpokpan Road, G.R.A,
Benin City, Edo State.
TarabaFormer Teacher’s College Quaters, Jalingo
Phone no: 07005262827
YobeNo. 15, Commissioner’s Quaters,
Phone: 07005262962
GombeWithin Ministry of Education Headquaters,
Doctor’s Flats, Buhari Housing Estate,Gombe
Phone: 07005262462 
AdamawaFormer Ministry Of Education,
Sir Kashim Ibrahim Way, Jimeta-Yola,
Phone no: 07005262232
Bauchi (Zonal)Off Ahmodu Bello Way,
Opposite State Treasury, Bauchi,
Kano (Zonal)Rumfa College, B.U.K Road,
Kano.Tel: 07005262956
Nasarawa (Zonal)Former Nasarawa Newsday,
Adjacent TAAL e-Library,
Old Tomato Market Road, Lafia 
Tel: 07005262952
Enugu (Zonal)No. 22, Annong Street,
Ogui New Layout,
Off Nkpotiki Junction.
Tel: 07005262936
Oyo (Zonal)Quarters 845, Agodi G.R.A.
Opposite Ikoloba Grammar School,
Agodi Post Office, Ibadan
Tel: 07005262942
Borno (Zonal)No. 34, Opposite Eagle Round-About,
Near Government House
Tel: 07005262963
FCT Zonal OfficeNO. 19 Karaye Street,
After Old CBN Garki
FCT CBT CentreKogo, Bwari – Abuja
Tel: 07005262922
Rivers (Zonal)No 10. Aba Road, Opposite Abali Park,
Port Harcourt
Tel: 07005262974
Cross River (Zonal office)41, Okoro Agbor Street, Off Marian, Calabar
Sokoto (Zonal)3rd Floor, Block 19,
Shehu kangiwa secretariat,
SokotoTel: 07005262765
Jigawa (State )Mechanics Village,
Plot No 269/270,
Off Bye-Pass road, Dutse
Tel: 07005262544
Katsina (State office)Mohammed Dikko Road,Opposite KCK Kofar Sauri,
Zamfara (State office)No 8 Sokoto Road,
Opposite Wambai House,
Kebbi (State office)No 1 Justice Usman Mohammed Road Tudun Wada, 
Brinin Kebbi
Sokoto (Zonal office)3rd Floor, Block 19,
Shehu kangiwa secretariat,
Kogi (State office)GP 574, Salau Alima Housing Estate,
Phase II, Lokoja
PlateauNo. 56, Murtala Mohammed Way,
Benue (Zonal)Abu King Shuluwa Road,
NigerPlot 2, (3 Arm Zone) Along Eastern Bye – Pass Maiumbi Road, Minna
AnambraAmawbia Bye-Pass, Awka
EbonyiNo.1, Amogu Street,
Near Unity square, Abakaliki
AbiaUbakala, Ubakala Junction,
Port harcourt-Enugu Expess way,
ImoOkigwe Road, Beside Court of Appeal
OsunGoverment Technical College Premises,
Along Iwo- Ibadan Road,
OgunPremises of Ogun State Staff Development Center,
Ibrahim Babangida Boulevard,
EkitiNew lyin Road Beside CBN, Ado-Ekiti
OndoQuarters 92, Alagbaka Estate
Near C.B.N. Office, IBB Avenue
Bayelsa3, Police Headquarters Road,
DeltaOkpanam Road, By NTA Juction
Akwa IbomAtiku Abubakar Avenue,

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