Fielding questions from the correspondents of the Union of Campus Journalists, UI, Professor Olayinka spoke extensively on the awaited admission process.
“In the next two weeks maximum. The problem is we don’t want to make a policy and then tomorrow, the government comes up with something else,” Prof. Olayinka said as he mentioned that the University authorities were monitoring the moves of the new Registrar of Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) whether he would reverse the decision of his predecessor.
The UI VC decried the policy of JAMB which stopped universities from conducting Post – Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (Post UTME) which he said had over the years improved the quality of students being admitted into the University.
“May be up to 2003 or 2004, quite a large army of students were being asked to withdraw at the end of (their) first year on account of poor academic performance. We have statistics to back it up and it was a national problem,” Prof. Olayinka said.
But with the conduct of Post UTME, the University had continued to admit the best students Nigerian secondary schools had got to produce as he said “we recorded our best (result) last year when 1.9 percent (of matriculants) were asked to withdraw”.
On the next of students to be admitted, the Vice Chancellor said, “left to me, they should not be more than 3, 500” as he consider primarily hostel accommodation in the University should could not cater for more than 8, 300 students including post graduates and medical students at Alexander Brown Hall, UCH.