Contrary to widespread criticism that there is no noticeable change in the President Muhamadu Buhari led All Progressives People’s Congress, APC government, the Regisrar of the joint Admissions and Matriculations Board, JAMB, Profesor Is’Haq Olarewaju Oloyede has stated that the transparency and non interference of the Federal Government has given him a good leverage to be able to carry out the various transformation he has been doing at the apex education board.
Oloyede who spoke with journalists in Ilorin during a media parley said it has been God seeing him through at JAMB and most importantly the fact that President Muhamadu Buhari isnot the type that interferes in his work coupled with the fact that the Minister for Education too is not a corrupt political office holder, it made his work very easy.
“President Muhamadu Buhari is upright. He is not the type that you will just go and meet asking him to call JAMB Registrar asking him to do something, he would ask you what for. I also have a minister is a down to earth person. He is very upright and not at all materialistic. One, who does not accept suspicious gifts that could becloud his thinking and actions; the transparency of this administration, the will to do what is right and see to it that the right thing is done across board has helped me to carry out the few changes that is noticed in JAMB, naturally, people will resist change but because I insisted that it is the right thing to do, we moved on and we are where we are today, but if the President has hindered my work, I might have been incapacitated. I am lucky that I am Registrar when the working environment is right.”
The Registrar who made remarks about the achievements of his administration in JAMB since he assumed office stated that he is aware that JAMB is not a revenue making organization and that this made him cut down all unnecessary expense incurred by the Board and the various applicants writing their examinations.
Oloyede, a former Vice Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, added that he made a refund of excess income made at JAMB back to the Federal Purse because that was the rightful and constitutional thing to do because there is wisdom in keeping what does not belong to him for no reason.
Asked why he didn’t think of keeping the excess funds for expansion purpose in JAMB, Oloyede explained that his office had carried out all necessary expansion that need be done from a facility of 2000 to 15000 and that JAMB still has over one billion in the JAMB coffers. He reiterated: “One billion is a lot of money , what would we be doing with so much? We are undertaking our expansion needs steadily per time to avoid a situation whereby in the course of supervising where money is been spent for one would not even have time for the main work that is to be done.”
Professor Oloyede also highlighted the various sharp practices that people engageed by some parents and their children to ensure that they obtain pass JAMB examination but added that a good number of these loopholes are being blocked by the untiring opertions team of the board so that the examination could remain a credible examination that ushers students into the various institutions of higher learning.
He said that the issue of cut of that used to cause confusion in some cases had been removed explaining that cut off is not an admission criterion but an indication that anyone who score below certain mark would not be further considered for admission.
Oloyede said: “What cut off mark simply mean is that anyone who scores below that mark would not be considered further and that, not that whoever makes the cut off is automatically qualified. There are other criteria for consideration in admission. The Candidates O’Level result, the Post UTME and the JAMB result all makeup what qualifies a candidate for admission. I think people are becoming better aware of the implication of cut off marks by the day.
Oloyede concluded by saying that the work in JAMB has been more tasking than he expected but it has also be most rewarding and as well challenging.
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