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Unilag Bows To Pressure, Fixes Graduation  Date For Ex-Students

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Few days after a social right group, Citizens’ Advocacy for Social and Economic Rights (CASER) and a Nigerian-Amer­ican good governance advocate, Mr Toyin Dawodu, raised the alarm, the Management and Council of the University of Lagos (Unilag), has fixed date for the graduation ceremony of their former students.

Recall that the Public In­terest Advocacy/Public Inter­est Litigation initiated by Mr Dawodu had demanded that Unilag, immediately issues certificates to its long-standing graduates since 2019.

The demand by these Nige­rians has, however, recorded significant success, as the Uni­versity of Lagos, on the 29th of April, 2021, announced that it will hold its 51st Convocation Ceremony, starting from June 30th to July 9th, 2021, for the graduates of 2019.

 Mr Dawodu, who is based in Riverside, California, USA, had gotten in touch with the Head of CASER, Barrister Frank Tietie, who is also the Princi­pal Associate of Forthright Chambers, Abuja, for him to intervene over the failure of the University of Lagos to conduct a convocation ceremony and is­sue certificates to its over 13,000 graduating students of 2018/2019Barrister Tietie had ex­plained that the worst affected by the failure of the institution to issue certificates to its gradu­ates are medical students, who were not allowed to go for their NYSC service as the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria denied them clearance because of the non-issuance of their certificates.

Angered by this pathetic situation, Mr Dawodu had caused his lawyers of Forth­right Chambers, Abuja to lodge a complaint with the Hon. Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu on the 6th of April, 2021, wherein the de­manded on behalf of the 2019 graduates of the university, especially graduates of the College of Medicine, that the institution immediately con­ducts a Convocation Ceremo­ny and/or issue certificates immediately to the said grad­uates to enable them to fully pursue their individual career development.

Mr Dawodu, not being satis­fied with the lack of response from the Federal Ministry of Education, further caused his lawyers to visit the University of Lagos on the 20th of April, 2021, where his legal represen­tative, Barr. Tietie met Oladejo Azeez, the Registrar and Secre­tary to Council of the Univer­sity of Lagos and submitted a formal complaint with an oral application, demanding for the immediate conduct of a Convo­cation Ceremony and/or issu­ance of certificates to the 2019 graduates of the university or face a public interest lawsuit within seven (7) days of service of the complaint.

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JAMB Releases UTME Mock Results

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The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has released the results of the 2021 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination conducted on June 3 across the country.

Spokesperson of the Board, Dr Fabian Benjamin in a statement, on Wednesday in Abuja, advised the candidates who sat for the examination to visit the JAMB website to check their results.

He said: “A total of 160,718 candidates indicated interest to sit the examination but only 62,780 turned out for the mock exercise whose results are now released,” he said.

The mock examination is designed by the Board to prepare candidates for the actual UTME scheduled to take place between June 19 and July 3, 2021, was administered by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, in all centres nationwide.

Speaking during the conduct of the exercise, Dr Fabian Benjamin, told journalists at the end of the exercise in Abuja that the essence of the mock examination was to test the capacity and suitability of the centres.

He noted that the exercise conducted nationwide was hitch-free, except in Dominion International School, Jabi, Abuja where the centre was gutted by fired and candidates were redirected to other centres.

“We have over 160,617 candidates sitting for this mock examination in all our CBT centres. We received a report of complaint about capacity and stability of one or two centres.

“ Like in Abuja, there is a centre- Dominion International School, Jabi that caught fire during the examinations but everything has been put under control,” he said.

Benjamin said JAMB is adequately prepared for the main UTME which is due to take place between June 19 and July 3, 2021, proven by the success of the mock examination.

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JAMB Extends UTME Registration

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Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board (JAMB) has extended UTME registration to June 15 for candidates whose registration is incomplete to visit special centres to finish the process.

JAMB’s spokesman Fabian Benjamin stated this in a statement on Monday.

Mr Benjamin explained that the advice affected only those who could not complete their registration during the earlier scheduled registration period.

He pointed out that only candidates whose names were compiled after giving reasons for the incomplete registration process and had been contacted “are expected to visit the centres.”

JAMB further explained, “At the end of the period originally scheduled for the 2021/2022 Unified Tertiary Matriculations Examination (UTME) and Direct Entry (DE) registration on May 15, the registration period was extended.

“Another two weeks that elapsed on May 29 was given to accommodate candidates who, largely due to issues related with newly introduced pre-requisite of National Identification Number (NIN), could not register.”

It noted that an “additional extension of two weeks” was made to compile the list of all prospective candidates who, for any reason, were unable to register.

“The candidates who have not registered but have secured the profile codes and initiated the registration process are expected to visit the specially designated registration centres to complete the registration on Tuesday, June 15,” said JAMB.

Further commenting on the latest development, the exam body said, “Designated registration centre for each candidate is being forwarded to them through the GSM text (SMS) messages and also available on the website of the board (www.jamb.gov.ng) from 12 noon on Monday, June 14.

“The identification number on each form given to the candidates has been used to assign the candidates to their registration centres.

“Only candidates who have secured their profile codes are expected to visit the centres. Also, the names of the few who have not yet obtained their NIN or profile codes have been forwarded to NIMC and would be contacted as soon as they are cleared by NIMC.”

Each candidate posted to any non-JAMB-owned CBT centre, according to JMAB, will pay the registration fee of N1,000.

The 2021 UTME is scheduled to commence from June 19 to July 3.

However, the JMAB Registrar Ishaq Oloyede disclosed the possibility of conducting a second UTME for candidates with genuine registration challenges.

Mr Oloyede disclosed this on Wednesday in Lagos while monitoring the profiling of candidates with 2021 UTME registration challenges.

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JUST IN: We Will Not Extend Registration For 2021 SSCE Internal Candidates – NECO

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The National Examinations Council (NECO) has said it will not extend the registration period for the 2021 Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) for school-based candidates

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