The University of Lagos (UNILAG) management has withdrawn the 2017/2018 merit admission list, which it earlier released last week due to certain irregularities.
Parents and candidates, especially those whose names had appeared in the withdrawn list, who are currently unsure of the correct situation of things, have called on the authorities to urgently address the matter and ensure justice.
But the university has confirmed the development, saying the action was necessitated by the need to address grey areas and ensure justice and fairness.
Confirming the development, the university’s spokesman, Mr. Oluwatoyin Adebule, said as a responsible institution, the management withdrew the list to investigate the veracity of the allegation of irregularities leveled against it. He said as soon as the issues are resolved, the list will be released again.
He said: “There is nothing strange about the development, it has only confirmed the integrity of our institution and the fact that we have remained ‘a university of first choice and the nation’s pride.’ We have limited spaces but everyone wants to study with us.”
“So, we should expect all sorts of efforts to drag us into the mud but the university management is determined to ensure fairness and justice at all times. We are currently looking at all the issues and as soon as we are through with the verifications and corrections where necessary, the list will be released,” he added.
According to Adebule, the withdrawal of the list became important so as to protect the integrity of the university, saying it is not in the character of the institution’s management to simply gloss over any such allegation.
Recall that shortly after the 2017/2018 merit admission list became public, it had faced some scrutiny leading to anonymous persons identifying irregularities therein. Information had gone viral on the social media with anonymous messages accusing the university of inserting candidates with poor scores in the merit list. Specifically, they said the name of a candidate who had scored zero in the university’s post-Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (Post-UTME), had appeared on the merit list to study Accounting, among others.