The University of Abuja Monday said the allegation by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board that it was engaged in illegal admissions process due to failure to upload the list of its admission on Central Admissions Processing System.

The university, in a statement by its spokesman, Dr Habib Yakoob, quoted the constitutional guidelines stating that it is not outside the powers of the university to conduct admissions of our students.

“The Universities Miscellaneous Provisions, (Amendment) Act 2003 7a (ii) states that ‘The Senate shall have powers in all academic matters including the organization and control, teaching and research, admission of students…’

“What this means is that the university, not any external body, is guaranteed the power of admissions.

“The University of Abuja wishes to categorically and emphatically state that it has not conducted any illegal admissions, and has nothing to hide as far as its admission exercise is concerned.”

While noting that the university had one of the best and most transparent systems of admission in the country, he said it was the only federal university whose catchment area “is the whole of Nigeria, and truly and practically admits from all states of the country, while simultaneously upholding the principle of merit and excellence.”

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