871 candidates successfully participated in the Saturday’s Second Choice screening test of Federal University Otuoke for the 2013/2014 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).
The Post – UTME exercise organised amidst tight security at the faculty building of the university has Management Programmes as the highest sought after with 278 candidates, followed by Sciences and Social Scienceswith 270 and 222 respectively while Arts had the least with 103 candidates.
The candidates defied the early morning rain to beat the time and arrived at the venue as early as 7am, on arrival they were screened by the Deans of Facilities of Science and Humanities/Social Sciences: Prof. Bio Nyananyo and Prof. Philomena Ejele.
Vice Chancellor; Prof. Mobolaji Aluko, Registrar; Sir David Suowari, Management and Non – Management Staff also participated actively to ensure orderliness and success of the exercise.
Speaking to our reporters after the screening test, some candidates expressed satisfaction on the remarkable conduct of the examination. According to Ogorode Avwenayeri “The exams was fine, peaceful and the environment is serenely beautiful”.
For Richard Micheal he said, “I love the school and I am impressed with thefacilities and how the screening was conducted, the exam was perfect and I am very optimistic”. He added that ‘’ Everything I heard and saw online about the school is real, the standard here is really motivating’’.
Among all the candidates who sat for the test, one stood out. He is AmakiriJohnson Ebiye who is in his 50s and applied to study economics, he hails from Okrika in Rivers state, Nigeria. If successful he will be the oldest student in the University.
When interviewed by Uba Prince and Ekpo Jude Amakiri said despite the fact that he had finished his secondary school education long ago and could not get admitted into a university despite numerous attempts he is still determined to keep trying.
In his words, “I finished my Secondary School in 1980, since then I had made efforts to gain admission but was not successful, so I started work with Nigeria Port Authority but am still not contented because my quest for education if achieved will help me to develop myself and my society”.
When asked how he will feel taking lectures with classmates young enoughto be his children, he replied “I do not care if I sit for lectures with course mates who are my children’s age mate. I just want to be a graduate”.
Candidates who emerge successful from the screening will join those First choice candidates who have already been shortlisted for admission into the2013/2014 Academic session scheduled to begin in September 2013.
It will be recalled that a screening exercise was also conducted last month for candidates who choose Federal University Otuoke as First choice in the 2013/2014 UTME.
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