Prospective candidates in the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME) in Asaba, Delta State have condemned an alleged slow process of registration.Some of the candidates told The Guardian at the office of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) that it takes several days before an applicant could be registered.
They lamented that the computer system was very slow, even as the process of obtaining the board’s PIN numbers was difficult.The candidates, who also complained that there were difficulties in accessing the JAMB’s website, alleged that some security officials were extorting the candidates before allowing them into the registration centres.
Efforts to get the response of the JAMB officials were unsuccessful, but sources at the office disclosed that the board was working towards making the process easier.He dismissed the allegation of extortion against security officials but added: “We have acknowledged the challenges involved in the process and we are gradually addressing them.”
Meanwhile, the alumni association of the Federal University of Petroleum Resources (FUPRE), Effurun, Delta State have accused the management of mismanaging the Federal Government’s Needs Intervention funds.
According to the association, not a single hostel has been built in the university since the pioneering set graduated in 2012. The president of the association, Obaro Egagifo, disclosed this when he led members to a meeting with the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Akii Ibhadode, who was represented by the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Prof. John Arubayi.
He accused the university of failing to honour its best performing students by retaining them as done by other institutions.Egagifo said the non-recognition had forced the students who attended the recent convocation to conclude, “it was meant for the dignitaries and not the graduating students because they were not accorded the needed recognition.”But the VC expressed disappointment that the alumni took its allegation to the media before seeking the university’s position.
He explained that the institute’s first convocation should not be used to measure its performance, as everything couldn’t have been done perfectly.He told the association that the N500 million released under the funds was utilised to complete the Tetfund projects.
He also explained that the university was yet to collect the Petroleum Training Development Funds (PTDF) promised it.Also, the Registrar, Mr. Ejike Ichendu said that the Needs Intervention Fund was utilised to execute four projects in the institute and urged them to always verify issues before making them public.