Many university admission applicants, on their way to the university would often ask if the universities grants admission to non-indigenes. The knowledge in this regard would be very important to these applicants as it helps them navigate the choice of institution they make.
The answer to this question is a practical and resounding YES. Scores of sources indicated that the though the university was established to improve the educational status of the Ijaw man, it also admits non Ijaw candidates who sought to be admitted in the university. The assumption that the university was established to improve the educational stance of the Ijaw nation was confirmed by the than Late governor Chief DSP Alamieyeseigha who in the university’s 2015 convocation ceremony noted that the Niger Delta University was established on the ground that the Ijaws are academically behind other South South states in Nigeria.
Hence, there was urgent need for an educational policy that will reinstate the Ijaws in their pride of place in the scheme of things. Accordingly, the then governor, Chief DSP Alamieyeseigha supported a policy of 80% of students to be admitted from Bayelsa state as the only state under the school’s catchment area and 20% for all other states of the federation.
However, Jamb has now regulated the quota system as regards indigenes and non-indigenes admissions. The quota is as follows: Merit admission contains 45 per cent of the total candidates for a particular course, catchment (indigenes) contains 35 per cent and Educationally Less Developed Areas (ELDs) and staff lists takes the remaining 20 per cent.
The above means that while 35 per cent is focused on indigenes, the rest percentages are for the wider community. Nonetheless, it is hard to investigate and discern if universities are religiously following these Jamb guidelines, but what we do know for sure is that universities grants admission to all candidates, whether indigenes or non-indigenes.