By Taye Obateru
Jos – Vice-Chancellor of the University of Jos, Professor Sonni Tyoden, has defended the invitation extended to candidates who picked the institution as first and second choice for the recently conducted post-UME screening, saying it is in line with governmentâ€™s directive.
Tyoden, who told journalists that government is trying to ensure that a level playing ground is given to every candidate, directed that all those who picked the institution as first or second choice should be allowed to participate in the screening.
The institutionâ€™s chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) had faulted the invitation of over 28,000 candidates for the post-UME screening when the admission quota was about 4,000.
Tyoden also dismissed the allegation by ASUU that the university charged more than the one thousand NairaÂ approved by the National Universities Commission (NUC) for the screening, insisting that only the approved amount was charged.
According to him, the other amounts referred to by ASUU were charged by the testing company which took one thousand naira from candidates and banks which charged three hundred naira.
He said conducting the screening despite the strike by lecturers was to ensure that the university met with the deadline for the submission of the admission list addingâ€we did everything in the best interest of candidates and the university. â€
ASUU had at a press conference called for the cancellation of the screening exercise arguing among others, that the absence of the interview aspect defeated its essence â€œwhich was to enable lecturers interact with the candidates one-on-one in order to ascertain their suitability for admission into the various disciplines.â€