With 86,401 candidates, University of Ilorin (UNILORIN), was on Thursday, named the most-subscribed university by candidates in the 2018 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB).
Concise News reports that Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, Kaduna State, with 74, 635 candidates, and University of Benin (UNIBEN) with 70, 322, emerged second and third most subscribed universities respectively, in 2018 admission exercise.
Similarly, Kaduna Polytechnic, Kaduna, emerged most national in the admission of candidates with 5,723 candidates most of whom came from different parts of Nigeria. They were followed closely by ABU Zaria, with 8,760 candidates and Federal University, Dutsen-ma, Katsina, state, with 5,626 candidates.
ABU Zaria was also rewarded as a university with the highest number of international students with 37 foreign students. Universities of Maiduguri and Calabar, emerged second and third with eight and seven students respectively.
The Registrar, Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Prof Is-haq Oloyede disclosed the information at 2018 national tertiary admission’s performance merit award held in Abuja, on Thursday.
He said the award was meant to appreciate the institutions for their outstanding performance in the previous year, and also encourage other institutions to emulate such steps.
He disclosed that each of the winners would take home an approved sum of N25 million as an appreciation token and a sign of encouragement to other institutions.
He also disclosed that with appropriate budgetary provisions, the prize could quadruple in subsequent years.
Meanwhile, the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, who spoke at the event, congratulated the award recipients for the outstanding performance that earned them the award.
He encouraged them to maintain the momentum so that other institutions could learn from them.
Osinbajo, however, stressed the need for education managers to aggressively refocused their strength on diversifying Nigeria’s economy towards knowledge-based and development of solid minerals, sports and tourism, and other small-scale enterprises.