Out of 1.5 million candidates that sit for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination yearly, only 400,000 gain admission to Nigerian universities.
The National Universities Commission (NUC), Executive Secretary, Prof. Julius Okojie, stated this when Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole visited the commission on Wednesday in Abuja to collect the Certificate of Recognition for the new Edo State University, Iyanmo.
Okojie said there is dire need for new university to boost access to higher education while ensuring that standard was not compromised.
He express his ecstasy to see a new university in Nigeria saying that the commission knows the number of candidate that sit for UTME every year and that it’s quite bad that its only a few of them that will eventually gain admission that year.
“However, out of the 1.5 million candidates who take UTME every year, we are barely able to make provision for only about 400,000 students.
“The new university will, therefore, be accessible not only to candidates from Edo State but those from Ondo State and other states.”
According to the executive secretary, the Edo State University, has become the 41st state university and the 142nd university in Nigeria.
Oshiomhole said sound secondary school graduates are needed for a very sound university education to make them have the capacity to face the rigours of university education.
He said, “We have structures that are strong and well designed; we are building more faculties.
“We are building more standard hostels; students will behave based on the influence of the environment.
“So, it is my hope that we will make the right level of investment and the university will charge fees that will enable it to access revenue for sustained development without depending much on the state government.”
Source: The Punch