The year 2019 started with numerous resolutions as many set new targets to attain in the New Year. Nevertheless, for the academic environment and sympathizers of the academic world, the year started bleak as ASUU strike which began 4th November, 2018 was elongated into 2019. Many entered 2019 with the realization that they still have to remain at home while politicians hit up the economy with political campaigns and propaganda in preparation for the 2019 general and gubernatorial elections. The following are major events that took place in the year under review
January 1st was the big day for many. While some persons saw no difference between December 31st and January 1st, many others threw parties, in view of what they saw as a divine grace to see 2019.
By January 2nd, reports have emerged that the sum of N15.89billion have been agreed to be released to ASUU and will hit the account of all Nigerian universities on or before the close of work on Wednesday, January 2. This happened to be another political propaganda as ASUU later debunked the claim.
By January 4th, ASUU have disassociated itself from being used as ad hoc staff to the INEC Nigeria.
By 7th January, 2019, the Niger Delta University resumed non academic activities from the December holiday which had started 23rd December.
On this same date, another FG and ASUU meeting believed to be the very last where resolution to end the strike will be taken was held. The meeting ended with FG proposing an amount to be released. ASUU were expected to meet on Thursday same week (10th January) to ratify the offer.
By January 10th, JAMB officially kicked off registration for its 2019 examinations.
On this same date, the ASUU met again within its NEC members to ratify the earlier proposition from FG. However, it said that the strike will not be called off unless FG pays N222b with evidence of payment.
By 11th January, Jamb and the NDU had implemented more admission list for the 2018/2019 admission session.
January 29th: The death was reported of one Mr. Eze, a finàl year Arts students of the NDU who passed on as a result of disagreement over disparity in sharing formula of political rally proceeds.
February 7th: Almighty ASUU called off strike
February 11th: Lectures for the second semester 2017/2018 academic session which flood and ASUU had obstructed continued.
March 15th: Lectures ended for the second semester 2017/2018 academic session
March 18th: Second semester 2017/2018 academic session examinations commenced
April 1st: Academic activities was been suspended in the NDU till further notice.
April 12th: JAMB exams commences
April 13th: Second semester 2017/2018 academic session exams ends
April 14th: NDU proposed a concurrent semester
April 15th: NDU proposed concurrent semesters purported to be adjusted to two semesters of 8 weeks each for the 2018/2019 to meet up with time
April 15th: Hostel application portal was opened for application
April 29th: Classes started officially for the first semester 2018/2019 academic session
May 1st: X-ray receipt of N3,000 was increased to N5,250
May 11th: NDU Post-graduate clearance commenced
May 17, NDU Fm hit the airwaves as the Vice Chancellor went on a supervision visit to the facilities. GST registration commenced Monday 13th May to Friday 31st May, 2019
May 26th, the NDU Campus Catch reported that gunmen kidnap NDU lecturer’s wife.
Tuesday May 28th, Senate Released bulletin that there will be no transfer. However, a list was later released. Before May 31st, UG/13 Amnesty has commenced. UG/13 Amnesty means students with the above mat no. having minor setbacks are to be graduated after a makeup exam.
NYSC Batch B Online registration commenced June 1st, 2019
June 11th, Jamb approves 160 as cut off mark for universities.
June 14th, the Admission office released the name of candidates whom the university approved their transfer successfully.
15th June, 2019, Niger Delta University matriculation day held. It was a huge success as there was no rain till the end of the event.
NADESSTU Year one welcome party held Sunday 16th June, 2019
June 17th, Prince Ibe won our N5,000 matric picture contest
On the 19th of June, 2019, the students’ body of the Niger Delta University and stakeholders within and around converged to award the Vice Chancellor for his developmental strides in the NDU Read full report here: Full Report on the VC’s Award Ceremony: http://admissionsandutme.com/2019/06/22/full-report-on-the-vcs-award-ceremony/
June 24th, post utme application of the Niger Delta University commenced officially. On same 24th June, the first semester exams started with Faculty of Education spearheading it as usual
June 25th, the NDU released its post utme timetable.
June 28th, Seplat Scholarship application commenced.
By July 11th, 2019, there was a scare in the Amassoma community when it was reported that some students attempted to murder a lecturer with several gunshots into the air. No casualty was however, recorded. Same July 12th, Faculty of Education bulletin came out on her 5th annual international conference themed: managing educational transformation in contemporary Nigeria.
By July 18th, a special release was made directing all students to pay their school fees and complete their courses enrolment before 30th August, 2019 or difer their admission.
By July 21st, numerous persons had been experiencing errors in the application of the NDU post UTME. This led us to make a post regarding the circumstances surrounding the application. Read more here: https://admissionsandutme.com/2019/07/21/emerging-problems-in-the-niger-delta-university-post-utme-application/
By July 22nd, renovation on the outside main auditorium had started. Sandfilling only took two days to round the premises up. Meanwhile, the 5-star Vice Chancellor was on ground to oversee the work.
By July 23rd, 2019, reports emerged that more Otuoke students were kidnapped and media across boards have been agitating for a better handling of the matter.
By august 1st, NNPC/NAOC/OANDO scholarship commenced.
3rd August, Medical students Oath Taking/Induction Ceremony
August 8: From NDU2DWorld event held where the VC promised that every December 12th will be the new date for the event. However, the event did not hold in the 2019 December 12.
August 10: Post UTME Application deadline shifted from 10th to 12th August, 2019
August 10: NDU Engineering year one student Obinna shot dead accidentally by police.
August 12 and 13: Eid-el-Kabir holiday, Post UTME examinations which were supposed to be written 12 and 13th shifted to 19th and 20th August
August 14th: Post UTME properly commenced 14th – 20th August.
May 16th: First Semester exams ended
August 17st: NDU post UTME results were released.
August 29th: NDU closes its school fees payment portal for the 2018/2019 academic session.
September 2nd: Lectures begin for the second semester 2018/2019 academic session
September 5th: JAMB announces compulsory o’level result uploads
September 12th: NDU approved a set of new courses and faculty which include medical, education, social science and environmental studies.
September 16th: Second semester exams started. Ends September 21st
September 18th: NDU Predegree programme commenced admission for its 2019/2020 academic session
September 26th: NDU Non-Academic Staff protest subvention. All non academic staff in the state took part in the protest. The protest was however, peaceful and non destructive.
September 30th: Predegree held orientation for its fresh students
September 30th: JAMB released NDU first batch
October 2st: Independence day holiday. Meanwhile, the flood level have started driving students from their houses.
October 7th: News of University of Lagos lecturer who was caught on video assaulting an undercover BBC journalist surfaced online.
October 15th: NDU released results of supplementary post UTME
October 17th: JAMB announces that 2020 applicants without NIN will not be registered.
October 20th: 2019 Flood already one foot below 2018 flood
October 23rd: Payment of school fees and acceptance fees for the 2019/2020 academic session started.
October 26th: Flood still maintaining same peak level
October 25th: NDU released first batch admission in its portal even as jamb had released the list earlier.
October 26th: NDU commences Acceptance and Clearance for the 2019/2020 academic session
October 26th: NDU Alumni elections held in Newsite Agric multipurpose hall as Deniel Inebiri emerges as president while Fawei Enifie James emerges as secretary general
October 31st: Flood still at its peak
November 1st: ASUU threatens strike action over IPPIS registration with FG
November 3rd: ASUU drops their strike threats over IPPIS
November 4th: NDU verification exercises commenced fully
November 8th: The NDU resumed its 2019/2020 first semester on this date which was on a Friday
November 20th: NDU released names of yet-to-be-admitted applicants to do a change of course to other courses.
November 26th: Flood has drastically reduced. Residents have started moving back into their homes.
December 9: President Buhari insisted that lecturers must register with IPPIS which almost led to face-off between ASUU and FG
December 12th: The Niger Delta University had its annual thanksgiving to thank the Lord for his abundant grace.
December 20th: NDU went on Christmas break
December 23rd, JAMB published that 2020 UTME will be written between 14th March to April 4th.
These are the major events and their dates which were published in our portal for the year ending 2019. We thank you all for your engagements all through the year. Let us do the same next year.
May the good Lord reward you all in abundance.
Happy New Year in advance
The A & U Team