If you graduated from the University of Abuja at least 10 years ago, your certificate is probably ready. However, there just isn’t enough information available on the collection process prior to visiting the campus, which is out of town and often out of most people’s way.
So as requested, this post attempts to shed some light on the process of collecting your BSc certificate from the University of Abuja. The process is pretty straight forward, and you could get your certificate in a day if you have all the requirements I am about to list. However, things will get very hectic really quickly if you don’t meet a requirement, or heaven forbid, two or more. So, please read the list carefully and save yourself the inconvenience.
There’s no mention of a dress code anywhere near the Senate Building to inform people of the rules. So, cover up well – high neck line, sleeves, trouser or knee to ankle length skirt. or you won’t be let in. It’s 2016 but a sleeveless blouse is still considered indecent in the University of Abuja. Yes, your arms are too sexy for the school. That lady at the entrance will be rude and refuse to let you in. She will go as far as threatening to push you if you don’t move.
Recommendation: Respect yourself and go with a jacket. For best results, go in native attire. If possible, veil up with minimal make up. Looking meek and “Malo” will save you a lot of trouble here.
Do all you can to get these documents BEFORE you go to the school. Turn your house upside down if you have to.
- Original Statement of Result (+2 photocopies)
- Student ID Card (+2 photocopies)
After over 10 years, it’s ridiculous that the school authorities actually expect you to still have that flimsy ID card. Well, listen carefully, if your Student ID card is missing, which is most likely the case, you have 2 options:
- First you’ll need to start the legal process of reporting your missing Student ID card at the police station, then you’ll have to swear an affidavit in court, then write an application for a new passport at the Security Unit in the Mini Campus in Gwagwalada. You’ll be told to return in about a week to get the approved form (which will be signed by the Registrar), then make the N2,000 payment, before you finally get issued another Student ID Card. It’ll take at least a months to get a new one.
- Or the easier (but questionable way) would be to go opposite the Mini Campus and just ask around to make a new one. Go with an old passport photograph. It usually takes a few hours and costs about N3,000. When you get it, rough it up properly in some sand to make it look old.
If your Statement of Result is missing, I don’t know what to do for you really. Just go and report yourself and begin the legal process. There’s no shortcut. Good luck
You’ll need to go to the Senate Admin building on the University of Abuja Permanent site. It’s not too far after the airport and I’ve included a google map location as usual. Ask around to find the office – on the second floor.
Recommendation: If you have a car, do drive to the permanent site, otherwise hire one for the day. Getting in and out of that site is crazy because no ready taxis or buses pause there. As if that isn’t enough, bikes are not allowed on the premises. The Senate Building and school offices are at least 10-minutes walk from the gate. Without a car, you’ll have to trek around under that scorching sun. Trust me, you don’t want to go around sweltering if you don’t have to.
Remember, the staff are Civil Servants. Give them time to resume and settle in.
Recommendation: Pick a weekday between Monday to Thursday. You aren’t likely to get much done on a Friday. Don’t go there too early, between 9:30am to 10am is a good time to get there.
Some of the staff can be very rude, offhanded and curt to people. I guess they see everyone as undergraduate students.
Recommendation: Be prepared to be patient. Overlook all the gibes and try to remain friendly and polite. Focus on why you are there. Once you have your certificate, you’ll hopefully never have to meet any of them again.
At the Admin office, you may be required to make some payments for Certificate and Alumni fees
- N6,000 (If you graduated before 2008)
- N8,000 (if you graduated 2008 or after)
Behind the Senate Building there’s a ‘cyber cafe’, which is actually just several canopies by the side of the street with small vendors offering computing, photocopying, etc. You’ll be asked to pay N250 for a Remitta application form. FYI: Remitta is the online portal now used for all payments to federal government agencies.
You’ll then have to go to First Bank (across the street) to make the payment. As usual, the bank requires everyone to store all bags, big or small, in the outside lockers before entering the bank. Once inside, depending on your luck, you may have to wait a while if the queue for Remitta payments is long, or if the network is down.
After payment, the customer service officer will print you another form which you are to take to the bursary (on the ground floor, left of the entrance) in exchange for a receipt. You are to return with this receipt to the Admin office.
Recommendation: As I’ve said, be patient and focus on why you are there.
The Collection Process
You will need to fill the application form with personal details and attach photocopies of the above items I listed. You’ll be directed to an office where you will submit these documents along with the original copy of your Statement of Result in exchange for your official Certificate. You will be asked to sign in a register to acknowledge receipt, after which you can finally be on your merry way.
Disclaimer: To begin with, this information is only valid as at October 2016. Next, please keep in mind that I do not work for the University, neither am I an alumnus of said body or affiliated in anyway. The details in this post are based on a collection of experiences from alumni of the University and their ordeal getting their certificates.
If you have any experience you’d like to share or any information or tips that may be helpful to the collection process, please leave them in the comment section below.