By Simon Ebegbulem & Gabriel Enogholase
BENINâ€”THE authorities of the University of Benin (UNIBEN), has disclosed that over 35,000 candidates would be screened during the Post- Universities Matriculation Examinations (PUME) as a prelude to the admission of fresh students for the 2009/2010 academic session.
A statement in Benin yesterday by the Universityâ€™s Head, Public Relatins and Protocol, Mr. Eddy Akpomera, said the candidates qualified for the screening exercise are those that have uploaded their information on the Universityâ€™s website.
According to the statement, â€œ the University Management, consulted with the leadership of all the staff unions currently on industrial action in order to enlist their support for the imperativeness of the screening exercise, and decided to re-arranged the exercise from four days to two days, with the volume of candidates screened during morning and afternoon sessions.
â€œBesides, the Acting Vice-Chancellor, Professor Emmanuel Kubeyinje, directed that a four-day grace be granted to genuine candidates that had not logged in for the exercise to do so, so as to give optimum opportunities to all intending fresh students for the university that has Edo, and Delta as core catchment areaâ€ it said.
The statement quoted the Acting Vice-Chancellor as saying that adequate security arrangements had been concluded for the screening exercise in all the centres, and commended the key staff unions for their support in allowing the conduct of the exercise during this period.
THE University authorities also cautioned candidates that JAMB was the only agency that generates the authentic list of candidates that entered for their initial examinations, and that the university would not be liable for any omission of names from the official list of candidates from JAMB already on the web.
â€œThe University of Benin had pioneered the Post – UME screening exercise amongst all federal universities in Nigeria four years ago as a strategic initiative to curb the fraudulent practices and fake scores paraded by some candidatesâ€ the statement said.