The Niger Delta University has postponed its scheduled Post UTME Screening exercise till further notice. This is coming after a careful study of the ravaging flood which have displaced numerous persons across the country.
Reacting to the situation via a phone call, the VC’s office hinted that ‘the exercise will surely be postponed’ till a more viable time.
It was on Wednesday 12th, 2022 that the University sent a text message to all candidates writing the post UTME examination that the screening exercise has been postponed.
The text message sent by NDU-PUTME reads: “this is to inform you that owing to the ravaging flood situation across the country, the screening exercise of the Niger Delta University earlier scheduled to hold from 17-21 October 2022, is hereby postponed until further notice.”
The University stated that it regret any inconvenience the postponement may cause on the university’s audience. “We regret any inconvenience this may cause. Thank you”, the sms added.
The flood situation in Amassoma as at the time of this report has gotten to a worisome stage with many claiming it is the highest flood ever witnessed in the community and its environs.
Recall that prior to this flood, the 2012 flood was credited to be the highest. This was followed by the 2020, 2018 and lastly 2019 floods. However, with this new acclaimed heights, the 2022 flood is now claiming to be the head of all the flood recorded in recent history of the Amassoma people.
Currently, the flood is still increasing and displacing. Students in earlier week were coming to town to recover their properties and documents to avoid getting wet. However, as it stands, the road is cut and they can’t even enter the town.
Reports from road users indicated hikes in transport fares as the Tombia-Amassoma road which was once N500 is now reported to be between N1,000 to N2,000.
There is possible shortage of food as from now on with increase in cost of food items as the only road leading to Amassoma is cut.
Video survey from A & U Ng shows Amassoma overwhelmed by flood from Endipele down to secondary school axis. From motor road, the area is now only accessed by boat.
The dangerous part of the flood is the current with which it flows, causing road damages and loss of lives.
A new date is expected to be announced the Post UTME screening in later days. Speculatively, the post utme exercise is now likely to hold between last week of November to first week of December.
The flood has negatively impacted the admissions circle this year as admssion are now likely to commence late December through January.
The NDU have a history of flood breaks where same happened in 2012, 2018, 2019 and 2020 which often disrupts the school’s academic calendar by around 2 months. However, in 2021, there was no flood. This current flood makes it the fifth time the NDU is embarking on a flood break even as ASUU is yet to call of its 8 months old strike.
Let us stay safe as we manage the situation till the flood is over