Nigerian Student Returnees From Sudan Lament Over Difficulty Getting Admission Into Universities

Nigerian students who were evacuated from war-torn Sudan have lamented the tedious processes of getting admitted into Nigerian universities.
Recall that a total of 2,518 stranded Nigerians were evacuated from Sudan in May 2023.
On June 7, 2023, the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board unveiled modalities for the absorption of Nigerian students returning from war-torn countries, including Sudan, into tertiary institutions.
The JAMB Registrar, Ishaq Oloyede, said the procedures for emergency transfers of returning students required each of them to do a retroactive registration with the Ministry of Education.
Speaking with PUNCH, some of the students revealed that they were yet to be accepted into the Nigerian university of their choice and claimed that the procedure had been a mammoth task.
Umar Abubakar, a former student and the president of the Jigawa State Students’ Association in Sudan, lamented that the majority of his documents were still there and that it had been difficult to obtain approval from the ministry of education.
Abubakar lamented, “I have yet to get admission. I need to follow the protocols set by JAMB. I will need to travel down to Abuja from Kano. Most of us left our school certificates in Sudan.
“We cannot get our transcripts from our universities in Sudan right now because of the crisis. I am trying my best to see if I can get my documents, especially my WAEC results and clearance from the Ministry of Education and upload them on the JAMB website.
“I will be going with Bayero University, Kano, because it has a Pharmacy Department. The process of getting one’s results or clearance from the Ministry is very tough because of the large number of ex-Sudan students.”
Meanwhile, a final-year pharmacy student at Sudan International University, Zainab Mohammed, noted that she is currently undergoing online lectures from her school in Sudan till further notice.
Also, the Vice President, Katsina State Students Association in Sudan, Ismail Abubakar, said he had yet to be admitted into Bayero University, Kano after successfully submitting his documents to JAMB.
Abubakar noted, “I have yet to be admitted. I have sent my application to Bayero University, Kano after JAMB cleared me but till now, no response from them. I feel so bad right now.”
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