UNIBEN blames technical error on missing 3500 post UTME records

UNIBEN blames technical error on missing 3500 post UTME records


Authorities of the University of Benin (UNIBEN) have blamed missing records of some Candidates who sat for the post Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME) conducted by the institution on “Technical challenge”.


The prospects of about 3500 affected Candidates, dimmed when the University servicers collapsed on Tuesday December 8, 2020 after they had written the Examinations.

But the Public Relations Officer of the University, Dr. Benedicta Ehanire on Thursday, admitted that there was a “Technical challenge”.

She revealed that there is no cause for alarm, assuring none of the affected Candidate will be deprived of their chance to sit for the examination.

“There was a challenge and prospective students affected were asked to return to write again. Situation is under control, no cause for alarm as none of them will be deprived of their chance to sit for the examination”, she said this in response to inquiry by our Correspondent.

Recall that the University announced the collapse of the servers in a terse SMS, sent out Wednesday afternoon.

The message directed the affected Candidates, who came from all parts of the country to write the examination, to return to the University for another test.

“If you know anyone that wrote post utme exam today 8th December 2020 @ict hall Ugbowo, tell the person to come back from any state or city he or she is. UNIBEN server failed for applicants that wrote 9am & 10.30am. Authorities have tried their best to call some students but their phone off. Tell ur loved ones…,” the message on the University’s SMS platform read.

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A source in the University, who spoke to journalists on condition of anonymity, said the University authorities might be economical with the truth, adding that “the servers collapsed for most of yesterday (Tuesday).

“This is a major crisis. How do you get all the affected candidates to come back. What about those who came from the far North and other states to write the test? I wonder why the University management is acting as if the University of Benin is meant only for Benin City. If you ask the candidates to come back, who bears the cost? How do you handle the risks of travelling?”.

Meanwhile, the University of Benin has explained the reason for the blackout at Ugbowo Campus of the institution.

In a statement issued Wednesday evening by Dr. Benedicta Ehanire, the University said the power outage was as a result of the crisis in the neighbouring Community of Ihovbor, where restive youths cut off the source of electricity.

“This is to inform members of the University of Benin community that the present power outage on campus is as a result of a community unrest at Ihovbor, the main source of power supply to the University. (The Community youths have forced power outage due to a community clash). It is hoped that normalcy would be restored soonest. Inconveniences are regretted,” the statement said.

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