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CHANGE IS OUR FOCUS.. "JAMB NEW BOSS PROF OLOYEDE CLAIMS"

A former Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission, Prof. Peter Okebukola, says the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board is in for a positive
revolution with the appointment of a former Vice-Chancellor of the University Of Ilorin, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, as its new registrar.
The Federal Government appointed Oloyede last week to
replace Prof. Dibu Ojerinde, who was jamb Registrar for
about nine years.  In a statement on Sunday, Okebukola said judging from
Oloyede’s credentials and antecedents, there was no doubt
that the new jamb Registrar would deliver on his mandate,
including “smoothening the rough edges of the unfortunate
furor around the 2016 admission exercise.”

Okebukola, who said he recalled how as VC, Oloyede ran
the University of Ilorin as a model for the Nigerian
university system, said he was confident that Oloyede would
replicate the performance as JAMB registrar.
He expressed the confidence that Oloyede would have no
difficulty in excelling in his new assignment, saying the ones
he had earlier undertaken and excelled at were even more
challenging than his new assignment.

Okebukola said, “Prof. Oloyede parades excellent credentials
to lead a whole sector like education in Nigeria, hence
asking him to head a parastatal in education is like asking
a five-star, battle-tested general to quell a fight between
two area boys in Ajegunle!”
Okebukola, however, praised Oloyede’s predecessor, Ojerinde,
who he called a “magician” for modernising the operations
in JAMB within a short time.
He also acknowledged the contributions of a director in
JAMB, Dr. Yusuf Lawal, who oversaw test administration
during Ojerinde’s time.

He countered the argument from some quarters that JAMB
was no longer relevant in the Nigerian education system.
Okebukola, who said he remained unshaken in his belief on
the relevance of JAMB, said the only thing needed was for
“JAMB not to overstep its bounds by infringing on those
areas where the universities should exercise their autonomy.”
He said, “Post-UTME, as originally conceived in 2004, not
in its present adulterated form, is still a must if we are
to get better quality students for our higher education
system. Rather than shut the door on post-UTME, we
should scrape off whatever the universities are not doing
right and not throw the baby out with the bath water.”

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