Lagos enrolls highest candidates for unity colleges
Lagos State has enrolled the highest number of candidates for admission into the 104 Unity Colleges in 2018 as over 25, 000 candidates from the state were among the 80,000 candidates who sat for the National Common Entrance Examination for admissions into the Colleges last Saturday.
The test which was conducted by the National Examination Council, NECO, also had Zamfara state with the least number of candidates.
Registrar of NECO, Prof. Charles Uwakwe, who disclosed this while monitoring the exercise in Abuja, said the significant increase in the number of candidates who enrolled for the examination was due to the insistence of the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu that the Council should keep open doors to allow more candidates register for the examination.
Uwakwe said based on the Minister’s directive, NECO has allowed registration to go on, and about 150 enrolled from one of the South Eastern States, a day before the examination.
“Last night, I got that another 150 registered from one of the South East States. Like I said to you, the Honourable insisted that we should keep the doors open for our children, so that nobody will be disenfranchised and that is exactly what we have done, and we are very hopeful and very positive," he said.
The registrar however noted that the Federal Ministry of Education would determine the number of candidates to be admitted based on the carrying capacity of the institutions.
Minister of State for Education, Prof Anthony Anwukah, who also monitored the exercise in Abuja, expressed satisfaction with the smooth conduct of the examination, while commending NECO for adequate arrangements for a hitch-free exercise.