The Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta (FUNAAB) today said no form of admission manipulation is allowed in the university.
This was stated by the university’s vice chancellor, Prof. Felix Salako, when he visited the state secretariat of the Ogun council of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) in Abeokuta.
The vice chancellor, who insisted that admissions were offered on merit, said a lot of students find choosing course of study difficult.
According to him, many students, without considering the specialization of the institution, still go ahead to apply for electrical and mechanical engineering as well as computer science instead of agriculture-related courses.
“The institution is a specialized university, thus we have enough and more admission spaces for agriculture-related courses than these other ones.
“And again, it is not every qualified student that gets admission because there is a limit to the number of students we can admit.
“Scoring 200 is a pass mark, but we will give priority to someone who scored 220 or 250 over a student with 200.
“The truth is that many students will want to come to either the federal or state universities because they know their parents cannot afford the cost of private institutions,” he said.
On plans to cancel management courses in the institution, the VC said the Federal Government were still looking into the matter, as it not only concerns FUNAAB but other specialised institutions.
According to him, there is an ongoing process to prevail on the Federal Government to rescind its decision.
He noted that the Alake and Paramount Ruler of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo, had written to President Muhammadu Buhari on the issue.
Salako stressed that the availability of management courses had assisted admission seekers within the institution’s catchment area to gain admission.
Earlier, the State Chairman of NUJ, Mr Wole Sokunbi, had promised the union’s continued support and partnership with the institution.