Over 20,000 jostle for 4,000 slots as FUTA commences 2016 admission exercise

In accordance with extant practice, the Federal University of Technology, Akure, Ondo State, on Tuesday August 9 began its 2016/2017 admission process into its various undergraduate degree programmes with the screening of candidates.

The four day screening exercise began with over 20,000 candidates jostling for 4,000 admission slots.

The exercise, which started as early as 7a.m., saw candidates trooping in in batches allocated to them. Officials of the university, including the Security Unit, were on hand to check the documents of the candidates for eligibility.

A team of the university management, led by the Deputy Vice Chancellor, (Academics), Professor Olatunde Arayela, who is the Chairman, Admission Committee, went round to observe the conduct of the exercise.

According to Professor Arayela, in accordance with the policy of the Federal Ministry of Education, Abuja, FUTA is conducting the exercise checking the UTME and Ordinary Level results of candidates who chose the institution with a score of 180 and above in the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

He said there would not be any test whatsoever.

Assessing the conduct of the exercise, Arayela described it as “very impressive and well conducted.”

“We have both the representatives of the National Universities Commission (NUC) and the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) on ground to witness the conduct of the exercise.  This is to ensure transparency and due process in the exercise,” he added.

He confirmed that about 4000 candidates would eventually scale the huddle, out of over 20000 who registered for the exercise.

Some applicants said they were delighted at the smooth operations at FUTA, saying the exercise was orderly.

A candidate, Shadow Solomon, intending to study Computer Science, said “I am really satisfied with the conduct of the screening. Everything went on smoothly from the start to the end. I was thrilled about the university anthem played to us in one of the halls.  It teaches self-reliance and academic excellence. The reception given to candidates and our parents is super. The officials at the screening venue were friendly and I love the Sport Centre, especially the track field. I look forward to becoming a part of this great citadel of learning.”

The chairman, Technical Sub-Committee, Professor Boniface Alese, said, “there is a significant improvement in the conduct. This is less time-consuming, less stressful and cost-effective.”