@csrf

03.09.2021 Feature Over 1,000 LAUTECH Students Admitted Via Pre-Degree in 2014 Still Awaiting NYSC

Published 3rd Sep, 2021

By Tola Owoyele

Since graduation from the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso, Oyo State, in 2019, over 1,000 students have longed in vain for the national youth service.

The students gained admission through the school’s pre-degree programme in 2013. Although they failed the 2014 Unified Tertiary Matriculations Examination (UTME), LAUTECH admitted them to its degree programmes.

“Some of us passed the pre-degree programme but did not pass UTME. But despite this, the school offered us admission in 2014,” Julius (not real name), one of the affected students, told FIJ.

“However, we were required to get an admission letter from JAMB for the purpose of admission regularisation. This is because a school admission without a JAMB admission letter is nothing.”

READ ALSO: Nasarawa ‘Big Man’ Threatened to Murder Security Guard Hamidu Ogana. And he Did it!

According to Julius, each of the students in the group got a registration number from LAUTECH and was told to pay N5,300 to JAMB, through its website, for a provisional admission letter.

“This payment was said to be for the purpose of admission regularisation, so our names could be on JAMB’s matriculation portal. After completing the process, were able to print out JAMB’s provisional admission letters from the website,” Julius said.

A copy of the provisional admission letter that was printed out by one of the affected students.

By this time, said Jaiye, one of the affected students, those who passed UTME, had got their admission letters.

“Unlike those who entered through JAMB, the only letter we got after completing our pre-degree courses was the provisional admission letter we printed out ourselves when we visited JAMB’s website for regularisation back then,” he said.

FIJ gathered that the affected students never got their full-fledged admission letters from JAMB throughout their stay in LAUTECH from 2014 to 2019.

“We never knew the school did not do their own part of the exercise by getting our names documented as admitted students on JAMB’s portal. It only became obvious during the second semester of our 400-level, when a matriculation list came out, and we could not find our names,” Julius said.

“The admission letter would have confirmed that our names were properly documented on the JAMB’s matriculation portal, but we never received any throughout our programmes. Now, we don’t even know when all this would be sorted out so we can go for youth service, too.”

After some of their mates in the school were mobilised and went for the mandatory one-year national youth service, the affected students visited the JAMB office in Ibadan but were told they were suffering from LAUTECH’s negligence.

The Open Letter one of the affected students wrote to Seyi Makinde, Oyo State Governor.

“In October, another batch will go for service and, going by what is on ground, it is not even certain we’ll make the list. It is quite sad that the journey we started in 2013 has still not come to a meaningful end. It is frustrating. Over 1,000 students are affected,” Jaiye lamented.

READ ALSO: UNDERCOVER: From Ikeja to Lekki, LASTMA Officials Operate Like a Criminal Gang

When FIJ contacted Professor Ademola Ige, LAUTECH’s Dean of Student Affairs, he said JAMB caused the problem and that it was not the school’s responsibility to regularise the information of the affected students on the portal.

“JAMB is the one creating the problem,” he said. “It is not peculiar to LAUTECH; other schools across the country are going through this as well.”

“We have been battling with that over time. Since this new JAMB registrar came on board, he has been introducing different policies that have not been student-`friendly. This time they would tell us this is the procedure and another time, they would say the procedure has changed.”

However, Ige said that the school was communicating with JAMB and that all issues would be sorted out by the end of September.

FIJ placed several calls to the Ibadan office of JAMB, but they were not answered. There was also no response to the text message sent.

Published 3rd Sep, 2021

By Tola Owoyele

Advertisement

Our Stories

DSS Tells Court to Withdraw Bail Granted to Igboho’s Aides

Apostle Suleman ‘Diverting Attention from his Fraudulent Credit Alerts by Angels’

Ekiti State University

Victory for Sacked EKSU Staff as Court Strikes Out University’s Appeal

BREAKING: Herdsmen Free Abducted UI Student

Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (Rtd) Appeals to Bandits to Release Greenfield Students

REPORT: Low Voter Turnout May Mar Anambra Election Amid IPOB Fears

Lagos Police Officers Abduct Man, Demand N200,000 Ransom

BREAKING: IGP Appoints Corrupt Egbunike as Police Supervisor for Anambra Election

UNDERCOVER INVESTIGATION (I): Bribery, bail for sale… Lagos police station where innocent civilians are held and criminals are recycled

BREAKING: Chibok Girl Returns with Two Children

Advertisement