UNIABUJA refutes allegation of ‘illegal admissions’

Posted by News Express | 19 April 2021 | 650 times

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The University of Abuja (UNIABUJA) on Monday refuted the allegation that it engages in “illegal admissions”.

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) last week accused the university among higher institutions of learning allegedly being engaged in “illegal admissions exercise because it failed to upload the list of its admissions on Central Admissions Processing System (CAPS).

But UNIABUJA in a press statement said it was bold to state it has one of the best and most transparent systems of admissions in Nigeria. The university said it has not conducted any illegal admissions and “has nothing to hide as far as its admission exercise is concerned.”

“Our rules are clear and transparent. As long as candidates have taken the UTME, scored 180 and above, met the University's cut off points and some other stringent criteria set by JAMB, the University ensures, within the limit of its capacity, that such candidates stand a chance of getting admitted,” the university maintained.

It stressed that nobody who has not taken the UTME, nor failed to meet JAMB or University guidelines, can be admitted in the University of Abuja now.    

The university in that statement made it clear that it operates within the limit of laws spelt out for admissions purposes saying; “After all, it is not outside the powers of the University to conduct admissions of our students. The Universities Miscellaneous Provisions, (Amendment) Act 2003 7a (ii) states that “The Senate shall have powers in all academic matters including the organization and control, teaching and research, admission of students…”

It emphasized that that this means is that the university, not any external body, is guaranteed the power of admissions.

It also explained that UNIABUJA is the only federal university which catchment area is the whole of Nigeria, and admits from all states of the country, while simultaneously upholding the principle of merit and excellence.

Head, information and University Relations of the university, Dr Habib Yakoob, in the statement further explained that the Merit List for the 2020/2021 admissions was proposed on CAPS and all queries issued on same were replied to accordingly. It is important to note that candidates have been directed to ensure that they upload their “O” Level results and accept their offer of admission on CAPS.

Source: News Express

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