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JAMB closes admission for 2018, says 443,624 out of 1,662,762 candidates admitted into universities

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The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board [JAMB] on Sunday released the admission statistics of Nigerian tertiary institutions for the 2018 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, showing that 443,624 candidates out of a total 1,662,762 candidates got admission into universities.

The breakdown also showed that 81,791 candidates made it to polytechnics; 59,498 got admission into colleges of education while 585 opted for Innovation Enterprise Institutions.

The board, which has now closed admission for 2018, said the 443,624 candidates were the spaces filled across the universities.

However, the universities have a total admission capacity of 586,962, which means that the universities still have 143,338 spaces not filled.

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The same was for polytechnics, which had a total quota of 134,526 spaces but could only fill 81,791, while the colleges had 391,615 spaces but admitted 59,498 candidates.

Our correspondent obtained these figures from the JAMB weekly bulletin on Sunday.

According to the National Universities Commission, Nigeria has a total of 174 universities – 43 federal universities, 52 state universities and 79 private universities.

The table by JAMB on Sunday showed that in all, 585,498 candidates got admission into universities, polytechnics, colleges of education and enterprise institutions out of a total 1,662,762 candidates that sat for the 2018 UTME.

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Speaking on the admission spaces not utilised, the JAMB Head of Information, Dr Fabian Benjamin, told our correspondent in an interview that the admission table showed that universities had the capacity to admit more but could not fill the spaces because the candidates did not meet the requirements.

He said,

“We just closed the 2018 admission and we discovered that those spaces or total capacity was not utilised – these were spaces available through which candidates can come in. When you look at the over one million candidates applying through JAMB, how many of them are even qualified?

“It is just like you say you want to employ 10 medical doctors and you have 1,000 applications. Out of the 1,000 applications, 999 were people who read History, Mathematics and Chemistry. So, that is not a case of no jobs, but not meeting the requirements.”

The JAMB Registrar, Prof Is-haq Oloyede, had confirmed in a briefing held in February 2018 that the 2018 UTME, which started from March 9, 2018, had 1,662,762, candidates, who took the examination in 605 Computer-Based Test Centres across the country.

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Meet Mrs Esther Ahmadu, the widow who registered son for O’Level exams 17 times in five years

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A Nigerian virtuous widow, mother of five children identified as Mrs Esther Ahmadu, who recently retired as a teacher in the civil service in Kogi State has demonstrated that there is more to motherhood than childbirth.

The unflinching effort of Mrs Esther Ahmadu over her children despite roaring obstacles is a twin to Sonya Carson’ – the mother of Dr Ben Carson who went though thin and thick before raising her son who has now become a renowned neurosurgeon in the World.

Emmanuel Oluwasayomi Ahmadu, the second of five children of Mrs Esther Ahmadu went from being a poor student who against repetitive failures and delays soar high to a point of representing both his university and his country – Nigeria, won numerous national and international award competitions.

Emmanuel, professionally known as Mr Voiceover, was pictured in front his mother’s house, showing his gratitude while displaying the numerous awards he received following the impacts he made in Kwara State and Nigeria at large during his just-completed National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) programme in Kwara State.

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A true template of motherhood such as Mrs Esther Ahmadu are great inspiration to others, their stories are acts of courage that can empower millions of other women in the country, and that is why Mrs. Esther Ahmadu should be supported, given national honour and recognition to encourage other African parents on good child upbringing and selfless parenting.

Emmanuel Ahmadu, on 16th July 2020 successfully completed his National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) programme in Kwara State with several awards and recommendations bagged for his selfless service and commitments that restored hope to over 500 community households and 50 schools across 3 Local Government Areas (Ilorin East, Ilorin West, Ilorin South) of Kwara State within 154 days.

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On the international front, Emmanuel recently represented Nigeria in Bangladesh, India on 28th July 2020 via Google Meet virtual conference alongside Indian Professors and Mental Health Advocates, where he spoke on “Suicide Prevention” as an offshoot of the Covid-19 pandemic situation which has become a major health challenge across the World. Emmanuel, who seeks financial support and partnership from national and international stakeholders to drive home solutions to Nigeria was able to share innovative ideas from his sensational story and field experiences that have restored hope to over 200,000 people in Edo, Kogi, Kwara and other parts Nigeria and beyond.

Emmanuel told international television network, British Broadcasting Corporation, BBC News that the experience of raising money to register one exam after the other for 17 times in 5 years before he secured admission into the University was a traumatic experience.

“My mom has been the one God used in sponsoring majority of my enrollments throughout the 16 primary schools, 14 secondary schools and the entire 17 O’level examination attempts, including the University Matriculation Examinations (UME) I wrote 5 times”.

“As shocking as it may appear, my mom spent virtually all her salaries thereby neglecting her personal needs as a School Teacher, she borrowed money from people, engaged in all types of petty businesses shamelessly and sometimes went the extra mile to obtain bank loan just to sponsor my enrollments and education and that of my other siblings. She trained us in God’s way from childhood and she never gave up on any of her children despite oppossing tides and societal challenges. She encouraged us all the way, she will always say, “don’t be tired, all will become well.”

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UNN starts registration for 2020 post-UTME screening exam

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The University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN) has started online registration for 2020 post-Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (post-UTME) screening.

This was contained in a statement signed by Dr Chris Igbokwe, UNN Registrar and posted on the university’s official website on Thursday.

Igbokwe said candidates who made UNN their first choice and scored 180 and above in UTME were eligible for the screening.

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He said candidates were expected to pay a processing fee of N2,000.00 through Remita platform in any commercial bank of their choice on or before Aug. 28.

According to him, direct entry candidates that made UNN their first choice should also register for the screening exam.

“Online registration starts on Aug. 5 and ends on Aug. 28.

“Candidates are expected to log on to UNN website: www.unn.edu.ng for details on process of registration,” he said.

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Kogi declares August 18 as deadline for exam registration

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The internal examinations are the 2020 Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE), Common Entrance Examination (CEE), and First School Leaving Certificate Examination (FSLCE) for exit classes.

The Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Pastor Emmanuel Idenyi, made the announcement during a meeting with some departmental heads in his office in Lokoja on Wednesday.

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Idenyi said that the submission of Bio-data and subject Analysis of all learners in JSS3 and primary Six should also be done by Aug. 18.

According to him, the meeting is to ascertain their level of preparedness for the conduct of 2020 basic education certificate examination (BECE), common entrance and the first school leaving certificate examination.

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He urged parents, school heads and the general public to take advantage of the opportunity to register their wards for the examination.

He warned that the ministry would no longer entertain any further extension of date.

The permanent secretary enjoined all school principals of both private and public schools in the state to immediately submit the bio-data and subject analysis of each learner in the affected classes in hard and soft copies to ascertain the total number of eligible candidates for the Examinations for proper planning.

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Earlier in her remarks, the Director Exams and Certification, Mrs. Felicia Okeji, thanked the permanent secretary for his support and expressed the readiness of her department to work with relevant stakeholders to ensure a hitch-free examination.

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