Ten (10) Things You Must Do & Know Before Coming To Ikwo For FUNAI Post UTME
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 the upcoming FUNAI Post UTME. Besides, no undergraduate within the Alex Ekwueme Federal University has a better head than you do. Now, let’s roll!
Alex Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu-Alike, Ebonyi State, Nigeria, formerly Federal University Ndufu-Alike Ikwo (FUNAI) was established by the Federal Government on February 26th, 2011 with the goal of expanding and improving access to quality tertiary education to every part of Nigeria. It however, started academic activities on 5th November, 2012, and was officially renamed by the Federal Government after the late civilian Vice President of Nigeria, Dr. Alex Ekwueme on 2nd February, 2018. Geographically located on latitude 060 8.29’ N, Longitude 080 8.627’E and Altitude 55m (AMSL), AE-FUNAI is sited in Ikwo Local Government Area of Ebonyi State which is about 25 kilometers from Abakaliki, the State capital. Ikwo is bounded in the north by Abakaliki and Ezza South Local Government Areas and in the south by the Cross River State.
Before I digress, let’s get to the main points;
1) Leave For Ikwo In Time:
I mean in time, not on time, I hope you know the difference from your Use of English. It’s important you 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 Abakiliki. This is so because all the candidates will have to head to Ikwo, the only venue for this year Post Utme. Also, statistics shows that between 40,000 – 50,000 candidates will be coming for the exams this year. The points I made above is just to give you a glimpse of what to expect when you decide to come to Ikwo 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 keke shuttle services. It takes students both in and out of the campus. These shuttles give one a great deal of convenience and a feeling of safety. It can as well stop you anywhere you wish inside the campus or anywhere within its route. The summary of the transport fares is as follows;
- Abakiliki Town (i.e Park) to campus: N300 by shuttle buses, N50 inside school and within by keke.
-Campus to Town (Park): N200-N300 by buses, taxi and mini buses.
-Any drop within Campus: N50
-Anywhere within the Campus is N50.
Note that these prices are subject to change depending on the prevailing economic situation.
It’s not advisable to ask for lift that day, pay for your transport fares. It is, however, more painful not to know anyone or anything about the school before coming. Guess what? You’re at advantage for having visited Funaiwhistle.com
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. FUNAI students are friendly and generous, there ‘ll always be somebody ready to help. However, ladies, as the most ‘endangered’ specie, we would say, “OPEN YOUR EYES.” We have our reasons; find out as you read on.
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 and lodgings in Ikwo, such as Nwanuyo Hotel located in Junction-college road.
If you plan on staying with a friend, make sure you contact him or her ahead of time. However, most accommodation problems are being mitigated by the different campus fellowship bodies that would always be available with their buses, helping stranded candidates get accommodation, and locate their different locations. The price you may pay for these kind gestures could be to leave your own faith or fellowship when you finally get admitted into the University. This of course would not be by coercion, but by these fellowships incessant calls, SMS, visits, kind gestures and pestering you will surely become sympathetic.
b) Don’t worry about what to eat
Yes, it’s funny but we know some mummy pikins will actually be thinking about this. There is a variety of food to eat in Ikwo as well as many eateries around such as Vegas, Native, Munchy and so. Just ask for direction to any eatery center and you will be guided promptly.
Don’t ask me how the food taste, just taste and see for yourself. Also, you get the usual general foods you see in other parts of the country here in Ikwo. It is important that we mention that you should eat well on the day of your exam.
Normally candidates are checked into the exam hall at at least an hour before they are scheduled to start the Computer Based exam.
5) Come with all the requirements
You are required to bring the following for the screening exercise:
(i) A copy of Registration Slip bearing the passport-sized photograph.
(ii) 2020/2021 JAMB slip.
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 has been made available on this site, click here and on the school’s official website.
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. Whatever you do, DO NOT CHEAT! and do not forget your CURRENT AFFAIRS
DO NOT INVOLVE YOUR SELF IN EXAM MALPRACTICE; FUNAI does not tolerate that. And 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 history has shown that MTN network in Ikwo most times go down whenever there is a big event like the post UTME especially in the evenings.
8) Beware of scammers
You have to be very careful because there will be wolves in sheep’s clothing. These fraudsters, who of course are not bona fide students of the University will be targeting gullible Post UTME candidates with offers of Admission runs, Accommodation (both free and paid), especially to Post UTME girls. Don’t ask me why they prefer offering the accommodation to girls because 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 Alex Ekwueme Federal University , your security is guaranteed. The university has a vibrant security department with a rapid response unit. You don’t have to panic. So, incase, you find yourself in trouble, just raise an alarm and be sure you‘ll get a rapid response.
10) Get A Glimpse of How the questions look like
The last but not the least, many students will want to know how the FUNAI post Ume questions look like by getting a past question. It is very important!!
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