FG abolishes admission policy on catchment area for varsities


The abolishment of preference for catchment area in admitting new students into the universities was recently announced by the Federal Government. 

The announcement was made at the 45th convocation ceremony at the university of Benin , Benin city by Yusuf Suleiman, the Deputy Executive Secretary (NUC). 
All federal universities were directed to make sure that all local government , states, all geo political zones are represented in their administration of the new entrance.  

The President added that , he has directed JAMB (Joint Admission and Matriculation Board) and NUC to adhere to the new policy as from 2020 admission session. That any instinct who go against the new policy will be sanctioned accordingly.

President Buhari said the NUC and JAMB have been directed to thereafter carry out a comprehensive student audits to ascertain compliance.
”If you look at the demographics of the various Nigerian universities, it reveals a preponderance of over localisation and over indigenization with only a few universities including those owned by the federal government having a semblance of national institutions in terms of the national spread of their staff and students population.
“Universities should be more broad-minded, less parochial and eschew over indigenization.
“Government expects university managers to do a lot more with less, given the economic reality confronting us as a nation today. This calls for innovative and transparent management practices.
“Funding is not just about the quantum of fund disbursed to universities, it also includes the judicious management of available funds to ensure that we get more mileage on whatever funds are expended”, he said.

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