The Registrar/Chief Executive of Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, would repeat the wonders he performed at the University of Ilorin (UNILORIN), where he was Vice Chancellor.
This was the position of the Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU), an affiliate of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC).
NASU added that with his appointment, the Federal Government has done the right thing because Oloyede would reposition JAMB and place it in the global map of examination agencies.
A statement by the Spokesperson of JAMB, Dr. Fabian Benjamin (PhD), quoted the General Secretary of NASU, Peters Adeyemi, as expressing these views in his congratulatory letter to Oloyede, obtained by journalists on Thursday in Abuja.
Although Oloyede has long started work with laudable steps aimed at repositioning the the agency, he had maintained that congratulatory messages were better deferred till his assignment as the Registrar of JAMB comes to a successful end.
He had however promised to build on what his predecessors have done to make JAMB a better agency than he met it.
NASU described him as “a visionary, honest, transparent, purposeful and accountable administrator and academics whose track records speaks volume.”
While recalling the wonders and feats performed by Oloyede when he was Vice Chancellors at UNILORIN, NASU said his footprints abound everywhere in UNILORIN, adding that he would bring his wealth of experience in the new responsibility given to him.
The congratulatory letter reads: “On behalf of the members of NASU, I congratulate you on your appointment as the Registrar/Chief Executive of JAMB. We regard you as one of us, having followed your track records as a lecturer at the University of Ilorin and later as the institution’s Vice Chancellor.
“We remember your tenure as Vice Chancellor with nostalgia, a period when you changed the face of the institution. You brought on board visionary and purposeful leadership, honesty, transparency, accountability and good governance.
“You carried the institution’s stakeholders along through consultations with workers and students, which in turn brought about wide acceptance of your programmes, thereby engendering peace in the University. You left your footprints as a colossus in the history of the administration of the University.”
The union also described Oloyede as a man of peace and promoter of peaceful co-existence as Secretary-General, Nigerian Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs who has always being at the forefront of ensuring peaceful coexistence.
“You stand out as a promoter of religious tolerance, something that is fast eluding the country today”, NASU emphasised.
While expressing confidence in his ability to sanitize the conduct of matriculation examinations in the nation’s tertiary institutions, NASU challenged Oloyede, as he has always done, to improve the welfare and working condition of JAMB staff.