The Chairman of the University of Ilorin Admissions Committee, Prof. O. T. Mustapha, has appealed to candidates seeking admission into the University to remain calm as the management is working round the clock to address the delay in the release of the 2017/2018 admission list.
Prof. Mustapha made the appeal on Wednesday in an interview with journalists following the anxiety caused by the delay in concluding the admission exercise.
He explained that even though the University is through with the selection process, the release of the list is being delayed by the newly introduced Central Admission Processing System (CAPS) by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), which makes the process a little cumbersome.
Prof. Mustapha said, “As far as the University admission is concerned, at the University
level, we are already through with the short-listing. But the new system introduced by JAMB
requires that when you are through with admissions, instead of going to Abuja to mark the
admitted candidates manually, you have to do it electronically. But this time around, we tried as much as possible to do that, but we have encountered some challenges with internet services, particularly when we tried to upload the list of our admitted candidates, which is very bulky”. `
He then appealed to the candidates, saying, “They will have to be calm. Nobody is trying to jeopardize the process. It is just a small problem and I don’t think that it is insurmountable.
“We will definitely overcome it. We are just worried about its effects on the academic calendar. So, we are working round the clock to correct this. We are concerned. We are trying our best.
“We have not been folding our arms. In fact, we are thinking of moving to another location where the strength of the internet facility would be enhanced.”
Expressing concern of the University management, Prof. Mustapha said, “This is the first time we are using this electronic method. In the past, all you have to do after completing your admission exercise was to go down to Abuja and mark your candidates manually. Now, we went to Abuja and JAMB refused to let us mark manually. They wanted it done electronically.
So, we had to come back and that was when we started loading the post-UTME scores and so
The Chairman, who was visibly worried about the low strength of internet facilities in the
University caused by external providers, said that the situation is not peculiar to the University of Ilorin alone.
He said, “Once we have enhanced internet facilities, and if probably, JAMB can strengthen its own bandwidth, I think the problem will stop.”
Prof. Mustapha said that the University of Ilorin has met the requirements set by JAMB, including deadline for submission of admissible students”
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