36,000 Apply For UNIMAID Despite Boko Haram- VC
Over 36,000 students have recently applied to be admitted into the University of Maiduguri, despite the Boko Haram insurgency affecting the state. The vice-chancellor of the institution, Abubakar Njodi, disclosed this to journalists during the flag off of the university’s 23rd convocation ceremony, noting that the institution is only allowed to admit 9,000 students every year, Premium Times reports.
Prof Njodi said: “The year before last we had a request of over 28,000 students who are vying for only 9000 spaces; so we took only 9000 and the remaining were asked to apply for another year.”
According to the VC, the university was established in 1975 and started its academic activities the following year with about 60 students. He added that the greatest challenge ever experienced by the institution was that of security, especially in the past nine years. “As you are aware, the University of Maiduguri has never been closed, despite the sounds of bombs, guns amidst the risk of kidnapping in the last eight years.
“The first few years of the insurgency actually affected the student enrolment in the university, which had to do with the fear parents expressed over the security of their wards. “But somehow, by 2014, our student enrollment has grown so much that it has even surpassed the previous ones.
Here, we have to be pleading and begging some of the prospective students that they should be patient until another year. “The year before last, we had a request of over 28,000 students who are (were) vying for only 9000 spaces. We took only 9000 and the remaining were asked to apply for another year,” he stated.