Tuesday, 9 April 2013

ALERT: Must Read For All UNN Aspirants!!!!

NOTE: This write up was not made, in any way, to freak or scare you; on the contrary, it is meant to adequately prepare you for the big task ahead.

So, put your mind at rest and follow these simple guidelines in order to give you leverage even as you achieve success in up-coming UNN Post UTME.

Besides, no undergraduate within the University of Nigeria has a better head than you do. Now, let’s roll!

First of all, let me give you a brief info about the University. The University of Nigeria, commonly referred to as UNN, is a federal university located at Nsukka, Enugu State, Nigeria. Founded in 1955 and formally opened on October 7, 1960, the University of Nigeria has four campuses – Nsukka,Enugu and Ituku-Ozalla – located in Enugu State and one in Aba, Abia State, Nigeria. The main campus of the University is located on 871 hectares of hilly savannah in the town of Nsukka,about eighty kilometers north of Enugu, and enjoys a very pleasant and healthy climate. The University, with a motto ‘To restore the dignity of man’ has been a very successful ivory tower, and has produced important personalities in elevatedpositions in Nigeria. The likes of Chinua Achebe, Dora Akunyili, Chimanda Adichie amongst others are alumnus of this great institution. Before I digress, let’s get to the main points;

1) Leave For Nsukka In Time:
I mean in time, not on time, I hope you know the difference from your Use of English. It’s importantyou be in the School at least two days before the exam especially for those coming from far places like Lagos. As a result of the mammoth crowd coming for this exam, there is bound to be heavy traffic in certain cities around Nsukka. Before now, this exam had been co-hosted/conducted both at Nsukka and Enugu (UNEC) campuses of the University, but this time, all the candidates will have to head to Nsukka, the only venue for this year. Also, statistics shows that over 50,000 candidates will be coming for the exams, that is abreak down from over 60,000 that made UNN their first or second choice and scored 200 or above in the JAMB UTME. Note that a total of 128,776 candidates chose UNN as either their first choice or second choice course in the 2011/2012 JAMB UTME. Official statistics from JAMB is available here. Another point is that there are only about 3 major transport companies (Peace, Ifesinachi, and Globis) that plythe Nsukka route. The points I made above is justto give you a glimpse of what to expect when you decide to come to Nsukka a day before the exam or even on the exam day. Please come ahead of time

2) Transportation in School:
The only means of transportation within the school is via the school’s services known as UNN shuttle (This is clearly written on the shuttles buses and taxis available within and outside the campus). It takes students both in and out of the campus. These shuttles give one a great deal of convenience and a feeling of safety. They have, as their destination, a park in the town, which is very close to Peace Mass Transit park (i.e, in front of the popular Ogige market at Nsukka). It can as well stop you anywhere you wish inside the campus or anywhere within its route. There are also other smaller routes inside the school like the Flat (Zik’s flat) route. The summary of the transport fares is as follows
-Town (Park) to campus:
N 20 by shuttle bus
N 40 by shuttle taxi (mainly V W Golf car)
-Campus to Town (Park):
N 30 by shuttle bus
N 40 by shuttle taxi
-Anywhere within the Campus is N30.

It’s not advisable to ask for lift that day, pay for your transport fares. However, it is more painful not to know anyone or anything about the schoolbefore coming. Guess what? You’re at advantage for having gone through this. Ladies, as the most ‘endangered’ specie, we would say, “OPEN YOUR EYES.” We have our reasons; find out as you read on.

3) Ask for Help If Need be
When you need help in any way like locating a particular place in the school, ask for it, don’t pretend. Once it’s your first time of being to the School, whoever sees you would know, you can’t hide it. Just look for good and innocent looking student (although appearance can be deceptive) and ask for what you want. UNN students are friendly and generous; there’ll always be somebody ready to help.

In the past, the school provided accommodation for Post UME candidates who are required to pay N500 for the accommodation, and I believe same will be applicable this year. If you prefer a private accommodation, there are few hotels andlodgings in Nsukka, some of which are CEC( the school owned lodging), New & Old Hotel Carolina (outside, but close to the school), Milipat, Conis hotels. These few hotels & lodgings will surely bein hot demands. If you plan on staying with a friend, make sure you contact him or her ahead of time. However, most accommodation problems are been mitigated by the different campus fellowship bodies who will always be available with their buses, helping stranded candidates get an accommodation, and locate their different locations. Though you may have toleave your own faith or fellowship when you are finally admitted into the University as you‘ll get constant SMSs, calls, visits, and pestering to join their fellowship.

b) Don’t worry about what to eat:
Yes, it’s funny but I know some mummy pikins will actually be thinking about this. There is a variety of food to eat in Nsukka, the most popularbeing OKPA, a popular pudding eaten and enjoyed by many in Enugu state. It’s eaten like peanuts here, and I bet you‘ll enjoy it (although some of them can be REALLY pepperish). There are also other native Nsukka foods like aghara agha Ji, aghara agha ede, aghara agha oka. Don’task me how they taste, just taste and see for yourself, lol. You‘ll also get the usual general foods you see in other parts of the country.

5) Come with all the requirements:
You are required to bring the following for the screening exercise:
(i) A copy of ONLINE form duly completed, bearingthe passport-sized photograph.
(ii)JAMB slip
(iii)HB Pencil and Eraser.

Do not go to the exam halls with your mobile phone as you‘ll be forced to drop it outside the hall, and who knows what will happen to it before you could come out to pick it. Information on the halls for the screening will be made available at the P.R.O. office in the campus and will also be available on this site a day before the exam.

6) Come for the exam prepared:
It’s almost impossible to prepare too much. Read extensively and within the JAMB curriculum. In the battle field, no enemy is less important. Do not look down on any question during the exam. Attack each of them like a soldier that is fighting with his last breath. However, DO NOT CHEAT! DO NOT INVOLVE YOUR SELF IN EXAM MALPRACTICE, UNN does not tolerate that. It’s a serious offence here!

7) Have an Alternative Phone Number Other than MTN:
It is important that you have an alternative phone number other than MTN with which you can contact whoever you‘ll stay with when you come to the school or with which you can be contacted easily as time has shown that MTN network in Nsukka most times go down whenever there is a big event like the post UME especially in the evenings.

8)Beware of scammers:
You have to be very careful ‘cos there will be wolves in sheep’s clothing. These fraudsters, whoof course are not bonafide students of the University will be targeting gullible Post Ume candidates with offers of Admission runs, Accommodation (both free and paid), especially to Post ume girls. Don’t ask me why they prefer offering the accommodation to girls ‘cos I don’t know. They will always come as friends. You just have to be wise.

9) You are Secured!!
Once you are inside the University of Nigeria, your security is guaranteed. The university has a vibrant security department with a rapid response unit. You don’t have to panic. So whenever you find yourself in trouble, just raise an alarm and be sure you‘ll get a rapid response.

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