The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has urged Federal Government-owned universities to comply with the criteria stipulated by the Federal Executive Council(FEC) in the admission of students.
The JAMB Registrar, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, made the call at the First Technical Committee Meeting on the 2016 admissions to first choice institutions on Monday at Bayero University, Kano.
He also called on the universities to focus on what was beneficial to the largest number of Nigerians. “For Federal universities, the criteria stipulated by Federal Executive council concerning merit, catchment and educationally less developed states should be complied with,” he said.
Oloyede said that at the same time, the universities should not aggravate the burden of the masses yearning for higher education as a veritable means of active participation in public life. The registrar called for commitment, synergy and cooperation between the board and the institutions.
Oloyede said he would extend the hands of fellowship to the institutions for the advancement of national goals. He also called on the institutions to ensure that the admissions exercise was concluded before or by approved deadline of Nov. 30.
Earlier in an address of welcome, the Vice-Chancellor of Bayero University, Prof. Yahuza Bello, commended the Federal Ministry of Education for clarifying the admission process.
“It is gratifying to note that the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, has clarified on the admission process by saying that University Senates and academic boards of other Tertiary institutions are responsible for the admissions,” he said.
Bello said with a total of 64, 220 qualified candidates through the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, Bayero University was fifth in terms of number of applicants.
He commended the registrar for bringing the meeting to the university and added that it was the first time in the history of JAMB that a technical committee would be taking place in the university and in Kano city.