No fewer than 86,365 candidates seeking admission into any of the Unity Colleges across the federation sat for the annual National Common Entrance Examination at various centres nationwide on Saturday.
For reasons linked to the prolonged insurgency in the North East, Borno State recorded the lowest number of entries, as only 55 candidates actually registered for the examination, just as Lagos State recorded the highest enrolment of 25,437.
The Minister of Education, Ibrahim Shekarau, disclosed while monitoring the conduct of the examination in some centres in the? Federal Capital Territory (FCT) on Saturday.
However, Sunday Independent gathered that the entire 104 Unity Schools have a carrying capacity of just 24,072.
He said: “The total number, from the statistics we have for this year, is over 86,000, and when you break it down you will see that Lagos State has the highest number.
“Lagos presented up to 25,000 candidates and, significantly maybe because of the security challenges that we had, Borno State has very low registration.
“But measures are being taken to ensure that even those states that are disadvantaged, something is done to shore them up.”
The minister, who spoke to journalists in Abuja on Saturday at Government Secondary School, Zone 3, expressed satisfaction with the conduct and organisation of the examination.
Shekarau was represented by the Permanent Secretary of Federal Ministry of Education, McJohn Nwaobiala, who also disclosed that adequate arrangements were made for candidates in states like Borno, Adamawa and Yola, where there are insecurity challenges, for the candidates to write the examination in safe centres.