Even though the University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID) is located in one of the northern states were Boko Haram once hoped to build its Caliphate and has been attacking repeatedly, about 36,000 students have applied to study there regardless of the fact that the University can only take 9,000, the Vice Chancellor, Abubakar Njodi has said.
Njodi said “but somehow, by 2014, our student enrollment has grown so much that it has even surpassed the previous ones. Here, we have to be pleading and begging some of the prospective students that they should be patient until another year. The year before last, we had a request of over 28,000 students who are (were) vying for only 9000 spaces. We took only 9000 and the remaining were asked to apply for another year.”
“We thought the following year would be better. But last year, we had over 37,000 qualified candidates who wanted to enroll into the University of Maiduguri. But of the 37,000, yet again, we are only allowed to enroll 9000. And of these 9000, all of them, except for a few, who did not meet the requirements of their departments, have registered.
“So that is to tell you that we are even doing better. Instead of the conflict bringing our enrollment and admission profile backward, it turns out that our challenge has turn out to be our strength.
“So at it is now, we have been pleading for more space and pleading with the authority if they can increase the quota for us. But even if the authorities increase our quota, it certainly cannot go beyond or double the 9000. Assuming if it even doubles the number, we can only end up with 18, 000. And by the following year, we will end up with having about 40, 000 application.”
Yayale Ahmed To Speak At Convocation
As part of the activities marking the 23rd convocation ceremony, Mr Njodi said the university would invite dignitaries to commission projects executed via supports from TETFUND and other philanthropic individuals and corporate organisations worth over N2 billion.
The convocation will have 14,368 students of 2015/1016 and 2016/2017 academic session graduating with awards of degrees, diplomas and certificates. Of this figure, the VC said 78 students came out with First Class degrees.
Nigeria’s former Secretary to the Government of Federation, Yayale Ahmed, is expected to deliver the convocation lecture, titled ‘The Nigerian Federation and the Clamour for Restructuring’, which holds on Friday.