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31-08-2016 11:41:00 +0000
hundreds of candidates look forward to knowing their
2016/2017 admission status, the Joint Admissions and
Matriculation Board says it is still vetting the list of the first
batch of applicants submitted to it by the various
universities, polytechnics and colleges of education.
The clarification came against the backdrop that the board
promised to upload the lists for candidates’ accessibility
three days after meeting with stakeholders in Kano, Kano
Officials of JAMB and others stakeholders had earlier met at
the Bayero University, Kano State, last week where they
looked into the admission exercise. The new JAMB Registrar,
Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, presided over the meeting.
But as of Monday evening, the board had yet to upload the
The JAMB Head of Media and Information, Dr. Fabian
Benjamin, who spoke to our correspondent on Monday,
however, said that it would upload the lists before the end
of the week.
According to him, the board is still reconciling all the data
forwarded to it by the various institutions to ensure that
they respected the laid down procedures.
The JAMB spokesman also stated that the final lists of
candidates seeking admission to the nation’s universities in
the 2016/2017 academic session would not be known until
November 14 when the board as well as other stakeholders
would meet again to determine their fate.
The meeting, according to Benjamin, will hold in Owerri,
Imo State capital.
He, however, assured that the delay would not result in
denying any eligible candidate admission.
The spokesman, who said the Kano meeting was successful,
nonetheless, stated that stakeholders would meet again in
Owerri later to determine the final list.
He, however, added that the Senate and the academic
boards of the various universities had the mandate to
continue to select their candidates in line with laid down
A series of controversies had greeted both the conduct of
this year’s Universities Tertiary Matriculation Examination as
well as the post-UTME tests.
While the UTME, in which more than 1.5 million candidates
sat for between February 27 and March 23, had hiccups
occasioned by technical hitches, the Minister of Education,
Mr. Adamu Adamu, at a combined policy meeting on
admission to universities, polytechnics and other higher
institutions in June, scrapped the post-UTME.
Adamu described the sitting for another round of
examination after the UTME as unnecessary.
A former Minister of Education, Mrs. Chinwe Obaji, and a
former Governing Council Chairman of the University of
Lagos, Chief Afe Babaa (SAN), among others, had faulted
the minister’s directive, saying that it would affect negatively
the quality of university education in the country.
The computer-based examination for entrance to the
universities, polytechnics and colleges of education took
place in 540 centres in Nigeria and eight overseas countries.
Of the over 1.5million candidates that sat for the UTME,
University of Ilorin, Kwara State, attracted the highest
number of applicants with 103, 238 candidates applying to
study in the university this year.
The University of Benin, Edo State, with 81, 363 candidates
and the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Kaduna State, with
75, 383 candidates came second and third respectively.