Catchment Area (Indigene/Non-Indigene)

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Do you know that all Universities have what we call CATCHMENT AREA? This simply means the areas that the university considers to be indigenous. To explain further, all Universities sees any part of the host state as a catchment area. That is, the Delta State University, Abraka, Delta State, sees the whole of Delta State as a catchment area. Also, Nnamdi Azikiwe University sees Anambra State as a whole as a catchment area. There are some Universities that may allow more than the hosting state (the state that the university is located) to be part of the catchment area. That is, such University may allow the hosting state and one or two other states to share in the catchment, depending on the nature of funding and relativity.

Note: For Federal Universities, the whole of Nigeria is a catchment area because they are funded by the federal government.

Why am I bringing this in, you may ask? It is because as an indigene, you have more advantage of being admitted than a non-indigene. For example, the Niger Delta University has a quota policy (quota policy means the amount/percentage of indigene management will admit as against the proportion of non-indigene) of a whooping 80% for indigenes and 20% for non-indigenes. According to a former Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Christopher Ikporukpo, this quota policy is to ensure that the Ijaw nation which is seen as academically backward in Nigeria have the opportunity to meet up with other parts of the country academically.

Just imagine! So, if NDU only give 20% to non-indigene, and the non-indigene applicants are more than the indigene, then, know that there is slimmer opportunity to be among the 20%. This is why we want to give you this secret now. Remember we want you to have upper hand and be admitted once without fail? Now, which Local Government of Origin do you want to use to gain admission? A non- indigene Local Government? You really got to think twice. If you are pursuing admission in Niger Delta University, and your mother is from Bayelsa, then, please, quietly go to your mother’s Local Government and get an identity immediately and use it to apply for this year’s UTME even if your father is not from Bayelsa. This apply to any other state any student is aspiring to school. We are sounding this now because most students feel only their father’s Local government can be used as their Origin. That thinking is incorrect.

What if none of your parents are from the state where the University that you are pursuing admission is located? No hope? Of course there will always be hope. This is why we are here. Now keep quiet. Come closer. Lower your voice a little. Don’t tell anybody that I told you. Just go to any Local Government and do all you can to get an identify (Local Government of Origin). Even if the measures of getting it is strict, just corner one local government staff in the secretariat, they will get it for you as long as you got the money.

Benefit of Applying as an Indigene

There are two major benefits of being an indigent student.

  1. You will have a higher opportunity of being admitted since quota for indigene is higher.
  2. You will pay lesser school fees all through your stay in the University. The difference is usually 20-50 thousand Naira depending on the school. Take a look at the school fees of Niger Delta University for the 2016/2017 academic session.


S/n Faculties School Fees
Indigene    Non- Indigene

Year One

Indigene   Non- Indigene

Year Two

Indigene   Non- Indigene

Year Three and Above

1 Education              
2 Science              
3 Management Sciences              
4 Social Sciences              
5 Arts              
6 Agricultural Science 110,000 160,000 61,000 100,000 35,000 55,000  
7 Engineering 120,000 170,000 70,000 110,000 40,000 60,000  
8 Law 130,000 180,000 80,000 120,000 45,000 65,000  
9 Basic Medical Sciences              
10 Clinical Sciences              
11 Pharmacy              
12 Nursing 150,000 200,000 100,000 140,000 50,000 70,000  


In case you have not spot the difference, for Education year one indigene, their school fees is 110,000, while for non-indigene, the school fees is 160,000. The difference here is 50,000. That is a whole lots of save I guess!


If you apply as an indigene while you are not, then, you will learn to keep it secret all through your stay in school especially for those who will contest as presidents of students’ unions and associations. This is because, to bring you down, your opponents who knows your secrets will just inform management and you may be punished by ensuring that all the fees you have paid are updated to non-indigent fees.

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