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Private university offers admission to JAMB’s best candidate

If Ekele Franklin, the 15-year-old boy who emerged the overall best candidate in the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculations Examination (UTME), is denied admission into his university of choice – University of Lagos – because of age, he could very well walk into another school to start his studies.

That is because a private school, Gregory University, Uturu, in Abia State, has offered the Nigerian teenager a straight admission.

Franklin scored 347 in the UTME.

Ishaq Oloyede, the registrar of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), who mentioned Franklin’s score while announcing the release of this year’s UTME results, said the teenager, who is from Imo State, may not be offered admission because of age.

The Chancellor of Gregory University, Gregory Ibe, has directed the university to offer “immediate” admission, as well as tuition-free scholarship to Franklin, the university spokesperson, Ogbonnaya Ogwo, said in a statement made available to PREMIUM TIMES, Sunday afternoon.

Gregory University has also offered admission and scholarship to Emmanuel Chidebube, a 16-year-old boy from Abia, who came second with a score of 346 in the UTME.

Mr Ibe, a professor, appealed for the removal of age-limitation in the admission process in the Nigerian university system, the statement said.

Such limitation, the chancellor said, is a “stumbling block placed on the way of specially gifted children” in the country.

The courses the two teenagers want to study at the university are unknown for now.

But Mr Ibe urged the parents of the two teenagers to go ahead and commence their registration in any programme of their choice in the university.

Gregory University, named after a Catholic Pope, was founded in 2012.

The university, according to information on its website, has eight colleges, which includes medicine and health sciences, engineering, environmental sciences, agriculture, natural and applied sciences, and a college of social and management sciences.

Others are law and humanities.

Gregory University, on its website, says its vision “is to be a world-renowned university noted for the high quality of its academic and research programme as well as its professionals, practical and entrepreneurial capacity development”.

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The university’s chancellor, Mr Ibe, said on the website that the school has modern state-of-the-art studios, well-equipped laboratories, stacked libraries, and uses sophisticated teaching aids and ICT solutions to “empower scholars with the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities that make them stand out in the global world”.

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If Ekele Franklin, the 15-year-old boy who emerged the overall best candidate in the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculations Examination (UTME), is denied admission into his university of choice – University of Lagos – because of age, he could very well walk into another school to start his studies.

That is because a private school, Gregory University, Uturu, in Abia State, has offered the Nigerian teenager a straight admission.

Franklin scored 347 in the UTME.

Ishaq Oloyede, the registrar of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), who mentioned Franklin’s score while announcing the release of this year’s UTME results, said the teenager, who is from Imo State, may not be offered admission because of age.

The Chancellor of Gregory University, Gregory Ibe, a professor, has directed the university to offer admission, as well as a scholarship to Mr Franklin, a source close to Mr Ibe told PREMIUM TIMES, Sunday afternoon.

“I have confirmed it from the chancellor, so you can take that to the bank,” said the source who did not want his name mentioned in the story since he is not an official of Gregory University.

Gregory University is also offering admission and scholarship to Emmanuel Chidebube, a 16-year-old boy from Abia, who came second with a score of 346 in the UTME.

“When somebody does something good, the world needs to hear about it,” the source said. “Imagine if these students are rejected by the University of Lagos. Imagine wasting young geniuses like that.”

The courses the two teenagers want to study at the university are unknown for now.

PREMIUM TIMES could not reach Gregory University for their comment, as the telephone line of the university’s public relations department remained switched off throughout Sunday afternoon.

Gregory University, named after a Catholic Pope, was founded in 2012.

The university, according to information on its website, has eight colleges, which includes medicine and health sciences, engineering, environmental sciences, agriculture, natural and applied sciences, and a college of social and management sciences.

Others are law and humanities.

Gregory University, on its website, says its vision “is to be a world-renowned university noted for the high quality of its academic and research programme as well as its professionals, practical and entrepreneurial capacity development”.

The university’s chancellor, Mr Ibe, said on the website that the school has modern state-of-the-art studios, well-equipped laboratories, stacked libraries, and uses sophisticated teaching aids and ICT solutions to “empower scholars with the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities that make them stand out in the global world”.

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