The Niger Delta University Post UTME has suffered huge setback in the numbers of applicants who are applying for the 2021/2022 post UTME screening exercise. Since the NDU Post UTME application commenced 22nd September, 2021 till date, a period of more than three weeks now, recent applications reveals that only a little above 1,900 candidates have successfully applied.

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In line with observable applications behaviour, we speculate that only a total of around 2,300 applicants will successfully apply for the 2021/2022 NDU Post UTME. This projection is done with the October 21st, 2021 deadline in mind. This is by far below previous applications especially in reference to the 2020/2021 admission year.

Data released by the VC during his acceptance speech in the Times Magazine African Educationist of the Year Award Ceremony held in the VC’s office on Friday February 26th, 2021 indicates that 11,000 candidates applied for admission in the NDU 2020/2021 admission year. According to the VC, “we just conducted screening for about 11,000 candidates seeking for one placement or the other in our University”. This was about a month after the Post UTME screening exercise of 2020/2021 concluded on 22nd January, 2021.

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The above data suggests that the Niger Delta University will lose about 8,700 candidates in the 2021/2022 placement. This is the result of a juxtaposition between the 2020/2021 and the 2021/2022 applications data.

It is very pertinent to imagine aforetime how the NDU will cope with such drastic reduction in application numbers. Within the past years, the NDU have enjoyed increased applications, probably due in part to the incumbent management’s developmental strides in the University – thereby attracting candidates from all parts of the country.

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Stakeholders who anticipated this dilemma had earlier advised the NDU management to reconsider the decision of 160 as the institution’s cutoff point to no avail. Today, the problems of mass failure in the 2021/2022 Jamb continue to show its ugly face within the University.

As the University now admit 7,600 students per year, another challenge of sourcing for 5,300 qualified candidates from the Jamb marketplace will soon surface whence admissions finally starts. This will be a very huge challenge for the University management especially the admissions office.

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Will NDU be satisfied with any amount of candidates that crossed the 160 cutoff point or it will reconsider its decision? Well, the management is in a better position to answer such question.

As the post UTME application ends October 21st, 2021, stakeholders would only hope that the University would reduce its cutoff mark now or during its supplementary Post UTME anticipated to hold later in November-December.

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