The University of Benin (UNIBEN) has recalled some candidates that had earlier sat for the Post-Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) of the institution to rewrite the examination following the collapse of the university’s server.
The university, in a Short Messaging Service (SMS) sent out on Wednesday, ordered the affected candidatesto return to the university for another examination.
The message on the university’s platform read, “If you know anyone that wrote post UTME exam today, Dec. 8, 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 the 9 am and 10.30 am UTME exam. Authorities have tried their best to call some students but their phones were switched off. Tell your loved ones.
A statement issued on Wednesday and endorsed by UNIBEN’s spokesperson, Dr Benedicta Ehanire, blamed the power outage on the crisis in the neighbouring community of Ihovbor, where restive youths had cut off the source of electricity.
She said, “This is to inform members of the University of Benin community that the present power outage on Campus is as a result of 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 will be restored soonest. Inconveniences are regretted.”