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The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board () has confirmed that the ongoing admission of students at the University of Abuja (UNIABUJA) has been halted over alleged infractions.

An Economic Confidential investigation, published on Sunday, showed that the management led by Vice Chancellor Professor Abdul-Rasheed Na’Allah overlooked the Admission Committee of the University and allegedly contracted the admission process.

The development caught the attention of JAMB, which ordered the university to suspend the /2020 admission process for not meeting its guideline of uploading all admissions on the Central Admission Processing System (CAPS).

The embattled VC, Na’Allah, was said to have addressed a press conference recently where he explained that the usual process was jettisoned over ‘irregularities’.

Under normal circumstances, the university regulations provide that admissions of students be handled by the Admission Committee which is headed by a chairman.

An academic staff, who affirmed that the team had since been moribund, said: “The committee is less functional; the normal practice of admitting students at Departments has been abolished. The 2019/2020 admission process has been contracted to a private company contrary to university practice”.

Checks revealed that UNIABUJA Acceptance Fee for a newly admitted student which was N4,500 is now N30,000.

Furthermore, the institution, which never charged a fee for collection of Original Certificate after graduation now charge N30,000 – believed to be higher than fee applicable in any state university in .

Findings also revealed that graduates currently line up in large numbers at the UNIABUJA Convocation Square for collection of their certificates after the management threatened to increase the amount at the expiration of one-week period.

The university management also allegedly reversed the existing decision on results. The rule states that results from Departments be forwarded to the Senate through the Senate Committee within six weeks after the semester examinations.

However, the new rule, which has not been ratified by the Senate, expects lecturers to turn in students’ results 10 days after the end of the semester examinations.

Senate members, in their protest, had described the order as impracticable, warning that such would lead to allocation of marks to students in an effort to beat the deadline.

Each lecturer in Humanities Faculty currently handles between 400 to 700 scripts depending on the course, while a lecturer in Management Sciences marks between 1,000 to 2,000 scripts depending on the course.

This led to a resolution by UNIABUJA Academic Staff Union of University (ASUU) that none of its members would comply with the 10-day period for results submission. They insisted that the ratified Senate rule of 6 weeks stands and that the union will not honour an unapproved decision.

Additionally, the of the Vice Chancellor has allegedly taken over the issuance of coupons for about 6,000 bed spaces in student hostels, against the normal practice in which the VC only has a percentage of the available accommodation. The Student Affairs that is statutorily responsible for the issuance has allegedly been sidelined.

UNIABUJA Deputy Registrar, Habib Yakoob told Economic Confidential that all allegations were unfounded.

He added that some staff were afraid of the ongoing restructuring which has turned the table against those who were used to “business as usual practice.

“I am not aware of any memo from JAMB suspending our admission process because of irregularities. But I can assure you that those who volunteered information to you are afraid of the new order because they are unarguably beneficiaries of the old order”, Yakoob said.

JAMB Head of Information, Dr Fabian Benjamin, confirmed the sanction slammed on UNIABUJA.

He reiterated that the examination board has the mandate to correct any lapses detected in the admission process of any university.

“This is a directive from the Honourable Minister of that any irregularity on admission process must be reversed and that the University of Abuja is not an exception”, Benjamin stated.

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Abass Sulaiman Adegoke, well known as Adegoke is a student of Federal Polytechnic Ede studying Civil Engineering, He is a media enthusiast, loves traveling, and has a special interest in personal development.

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2020 UTME: No extension after Jan 17 as JAMB records highest registration ever

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The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board () on Sunday, said there will be no extension of registration after Monday, January 17.

It also disclosed that nearly 2 million prospective candidates have registered for the 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation (UTME), the highest ever.

“There will be no extension for the registration of candidates for both the UTME and the Direct Entry (DE) as being speculated in some quarters”, Fabian Benjamin, Head of Media and Information, told NAN

“Registration for this year’s examination ends by 12 midnight of Feb. 17, and that will be it for this year.

“The board is pleased with the way the exercise has gone so far and with this, we have registered over 1.9 million candidates.

“This figure is the highest that the board has ever recorded in the history of its examination.

“We are happy that we keep improving every day in a bid to ensure effective management of our operations,” he stated.

The spokesman added that a total of 669 out of the 747 centres across the country will be used for the conduct of the computer-based test (CBT).

“One of the purposes of the mock examination is to test-run the facilities in these centres. Anyone of them that falls short of standard will automatically be delisted,” he said.

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In the struggle of the student union government of the Federal polytechnic Ede to bring a sustainable and lasting solution to the denial of lectures for part time student in the institution, which made the student union government to suspend all academic activities on 6th February, 2020 until the students demand to the management are met, and call the action OPERATION NO LECTURE FOR ONE, NO LECTURE FOR ALL.

The student union has made it known to the student on 14th February, 2020 that their won’t be any deny of lectures for part time student anymore as it has already been resolved by the management as promised, and the academic activities will be fully resume on Monday 17th February, 2020 as earlier assured.

The vice president of the union, Lady Comr. Ayoola Oluwafikayo I. (Lady Fiks) also informed the students of the institution not to worry on the school calendar that it will also be review, and she also made it known to the student that the provision is going on concerning the classes as the new board are in progress which the damaged ones have been replaced and assured the student that the remaining will be fix, and repair will also commence on the damage chairs.

Also, the student union government urge the student of the institution to avoid staying late at night due to the ongoing crisis in the campus environment.

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