In accordance with extant practice, the Federal University of Technology, Akure began the 2016/2017 admission process into its various undergraduate degree programmes with the of screening for candidates. The four day Post-UTME screening exercise began on Tuesday, 9th August, 2016 with over 20,000 candidates jostling for 4,000 admission slots. The exercise which started as early as 7a.m. saw candidates trooping in in batches allocated to them.
The transparent process saw officials of the University, including the Security Unit checking the documents of the candidates for eligibility. A team of the University Management, led by Deputy Vice-Chancellor, (Academic), Professor Olatunde Arayela who is the Chairman, Admission Committee went round to observe the conduct of the exercise.
Starting from the University Sports Centre where the candidates were given a brief orientation to the point of the final screening, everything went on smoothly. Professor Olatunde Arayela commended the conduct of the exercise. According to him, in accordance with the policy of the Federal Ministry of Education, Abuja, FUTA is conducting the exercise checking the UTME and Ordinary Level results of candidates who chose the Institution with a score of 180 and above in the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME). He said there would not be any test whatsoever.
Accessing the conduct of the exercise, Professor Arayela said it’s being very impressive and well conducted. The candidates are well behaved, cooperating with the officials of the University and complying with the directives. “We have both the representatives of the National Universities Commission (NUC) and the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) on ground to witness the conduct of the exercise. This is to ensure transparency and due process in the exercise” he added.
The Chairman, Publicity Sub-Committee, Dr. Joseph Basorun and Chairman, Technical Sub-Committee, Professor Boniface Alese both commended the conduct of the exercise. Basorun and Alese, comparing the exercise with the previous ones said “there is a significant improvement in the conduct. This is less time consuming, less stressful and cost effective. FUTA is a University with high reputation in conducting internal and external examinations. In the history of admission exercise in this University, we always try our best to avoid and at best reduce irregularities. This one too is not an exemption.”
Assessing the Security situation during the exercise, the University Chief Security Officer (CSO), Alhaji Oladepo Lawal said everything went smoothly with no hitch. “Our security operation is always intact while conducting examinations. It has never happen in the history of this University to have issues during the conduct of entrance examination and screening. We also have a good reputation of a cult-free environment” he said.
Expressing their view on the exercise, some applicants said they are delighted in the smooth operations at FUTA. According to them, the exercise was orderly. A candidate, Shadow Solomon intending to study Computer Science said “I am really satisfied with the conduct of the screening. Everything went on smoothly from the start to the end. I was thrilled about the University anthem played to us in one of the halls. It teaches self-reliance and academic excellence. I am in love with FUTA already. The reception given to candidates and our parents is super. The officials at the screening venue were friendly and I love the Sport Centre, especially the track field. I look forward to becoming a part of this great citadel of learning.”