The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has assured 2020 candidates seeking admission that the ongoing strike action by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) would not affect the admission process. This was disclosed by a senior official who does not want his name to be mentioned while speaking with newsmen.
According to him, efforts are on by the board in partnership with other stakeholders, to come up with all necessary information that will guide prospective candidates on how to complete admission processes into institutions of their choice. He said: “We have conducted the examinations and by the end of this month, we will be starting our admission process’’
The official also noted that Nigerian universities’ calendar has never been the same; adding that while some institutions have finished last session and are waiting for JAMB to give them the go-ahead to start admissions; some government institutions are in first semester. “Those who are ready will start and those ones who are not can do admissions and when they finish, they can now call their students.’’
On his part, the Director of Corporate Affairs, Nigerian Universities Commission, (NUC), Ibrahim Yakasai in an interview with The Guardian said there is no connection between the industrial action by ASUU and admissions.
“I think we need to talk about the pandemic first, how many months were lost as a result of the pandemic? Though the Federal Government is yet to come up with a policy on the issue, this year’s admission will be done in such a way that nothing would be lost,” Yakasai stated.
“Officially, I will tell you that there is no policy yet on what will happen but my thinking is that some measures would be put in place to ensure that nothing is lost for old students and the new ones coming in.’’