A fresh endorsement has come the way of the newly appointed Registrar of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, JAMB, Professor Is-haq Oloyede, this time from the former Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission, NUC, Professor Peter Okebukola.
“With about nine years as head of JAMB, Professor Dibu Ojerinde has done exceptionally well. The transformation which he took the Board through is huge. He modernised the operations of the Board at such a dizzying pace that I used to fondly call him the “magician” in JAMB. I note that he worked with exceptional directors and I should single out Dr. Yusuf Lawal who oversees Test Administration.
“With the appointment of Professor Is-haq Oloyede as the new Registrar, JAMB is in for a revolutionary time in terms of delivering more effectively on its mandate. Professor 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 5-star, battle-tested general to quell a fight between two area boys in Ajegunle! Professor Oloyede ran University of Ilorin as a model for the Nigerian university system and served dutifully as Chairman of the Association of Vice-Chancellors of Nigerian Universities and at the continental level, as President of the Association of African Universities. He is a no-nonsense, clear-headed scholar who is globally consulted on higher education matters including issues dealing with admitting quality students which fit in with the JAMB mandate. I am convinced that he will smoothen the rough edges of the unfortunate furore around the 2016 admission exercise.