The University of Abuja (UniAbuja) has distinctly declared to the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) that it did not have constitutional powers to interfere in admissions into universities.
UniAbuja also discredited last week’s claims by JAMB that it was taking part in “Illegal admissions”, outside the constitutional requirements.
Citing the appropriate constitutional provisions regulating the operations of the country’s university education system, UniAbuja in a statement by its Head, Information and University Relations, Dr Habib Yakoob, maintained that it was not out of place for it to conduct admissions without the involvement of JAMB.
The statement, titled “The University of Abuja is not engaged in illegal admissions,” partly read, “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.
“What this means is that the university, not any external body, is guaranteed the power of admissions.
“The University of Abuja has been constrained to respond to recent reports in the media that the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, has named the university, among others (curiously unmentioned), as being engaged in “illegal admissions” exercise because it failed to upload the list of its admission on Central Admissions Processing System, CAPS.
“The University of Abuja wishes to categorically and emphatically state that it has not conducted any illegal admissions, and has nothing to hide as far as its admission is concerned.
“It makes bold to state that, at the moment, the university has one of the best and most transparent systems of admission in the country.
“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.
“In any case, the university is familiar with the operation of CAPS, and has since, largely embraced it as part of its contributions to ensuring that the university system serves and protects the interest of all Nigerians in the search for quality tertiary education.
“Let us assure JAMB, candidates and relevant stakeholders in the Nigerian educational project that the University of Abuja is engaged in honest, transparent and open admissions in all its various programmes, and certainly, it will continue to uphold these virtues which have been its defining hallmark, especially in the last couple of years.”
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