2,430 students have been admitted into the Federal University, Otuoke, (FUO) Bayelsa state, for the 2016/2017 academic session.
The university held its sixth matriculation ceremony on Saturday.
Seth Jaja, the vice-chancellor, said the admissions were based on merits measured in line with standards set by the ministry of education, National Universities Commission (NUC), Joint Admission Matriculation Board (JAMB) and the institution’s senate.
He said: “On my assumption of duty as Vice-Chancellor, the first major challenge l faced was how to bridge this need-gap, the need-gap so highlighted is more in the faculties and disciplines of Engineering, Management Science and Education, which were hitherto not available.
“This challenge was overcome when the National Universities Commission, after due resource verification exercise, graciously approved 16 new additional programmes which increased the university’s carrying-capacity from 1,500 to 2000.
“This singular achievement enabled the present administration to frog-leap from a student population of 2000 to this swarm.
“This has helped to minimise among others, our challenge of meeting the university’s social responsibility of granting admission to deserving youths in Nigeria and our host communities in particular.”
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