12 Apr 2018

I’ll quit if people in power try to influence me – JAMB Registrar

….As PACAC storms JAMB over N37m ‘swallowed by snake’

ABUJA—Registrar of Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, has vowed that he would quit his job if people in positions of authority try to influence him to do their bidding in the organisation.

This came as Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, PACAC, led by the chairman, Prof. Itse Sagay, visited the tertiary institutions’ examination regulatory body in respect of the recent N36 million snake swallowing scandal that rocked JAMB. Oloyede said his fear when he assumed the headship of JAMB, was that politicians would not allow him do his work accordingly, a development, he said, would have made him quietly quit the job. 

Oloyede, who added that no one had ever approached him to influence anything, said:  “Since I come here, nobody has called me to do any wrong thing. I have never seen anybody who will call me and say, somebody has done what is wrong, don’t allow it to go. “People who have authority over me have been the people who are even calling me to strengthen what I am doing.

“Whereas my fear when I came here was that I was not going to stay long because what we used to peddle in the university is that these politicians will be interfering in one’s activities.  So, I had made up my mind that if they call me to do what I am not supposed to do, I will go. 

“On no occasion has any of my superiors called me for any such thing. Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, is more puritanical than myself in his world view, let alone people higher than him.’’ 

On his part, Prof. Sagay commended Oloyede for what he described as “geometric increase” in remittance to the Federal Government coffers by the board under his watch.

Recall that JAMB had remitted about N7.8 billion in 2017 to the Federal Government. Sagay said the visit of the committee was informed by the need to seek clarification on the alleged N36 million cash of the board, which had been in the media that it was swallowed by snake.

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