Candidates Struggle For Post UME Forms

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Candidates vying for admission into the University of Lagos, Akoka on Tuesday struggled to purchase Post UME forms at the University campus ahead of the nationwide strike called off today by organised labour.

The Management of the university started selling the form on July 13, 2011, while the screening would start on Aug. 18 and end on Aug. 31.

NAN observed that candidates besieged the campus, queued up at various banks both within and outside the campus, as early as 7 a.m. to purchase the form.

At the Akoka campus, heavily armed policemen were seen in front of all banks within the university as the prospective students in their thousands, struggled to purchase the form.

NAN also observed an unusual number of youths in most of the banks at Ikeja, Bariga and Fadeyi areas of Lagos State, most of whom were purchasing UME cards.

Some candidates who spoke with NAN said they experienced a lot of stress trying to buy the form due to the planned strike by Nigerian workers.

Miss Angela Iron, 17, said that the crowds were overwhelming at most of the banks she went to on Monday and she was not successful in getting the form.

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She noted that it had been hell trying to buy the form as many candidates were also rushing because of the strike.

“It is too stressful, the crowd is too much and I have not been able to buy the form for my younger sister, “ she said.

Miss Tinuke Ayoola, 18, told NAN that she went home angry on Monday as she was on the queue for many hour and still unable to purchase her form.

“Many candidates are in a hurry to buy the form, that’s why the queue is so long, maybe because of the planned strike,“ she said.

Mr. Johnson Ajala said that most candidates were in a rush because they didn’t want to miss the opportunity now and become stranded during the strike.

“I don’t want to miss this opportunity to purchase the form before the strike. I don’t want to be disappointed by the strike.

“I have gone through hell queuing to buy this form,“ he said.

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