Majority Of Nigerian Leaders Are Thieves, Says JAMB Boss

Majority Of Nigerian Leaders Are Thieves, Says JAMB Boss
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Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, the Registrar of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), says there is urgent need for government at all levels to improve the quality of education in the country.

Oloyede said this while delivering a lecture at a colloquium to mark the 61st  birthday of  Gov.

Rauf Aregbesola on Sunday in Osogbo.

He explained that the difference between the revenue his predecessors generated and that of his own showed clearly that corruption held sway in JAMB.

“Nigeria is dominated by thieves at the helms of affairs, I mean certified thieves. Let me talk about JAMB for instance, since over forty years that JAMB has been established, the total money generated before we came in is N52 million

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“After we finished our examinations for 2017, we generated N9 billion, in which I returned the total sum of N7.8 million to the Federal Government. Members of the National Assembly marvelled at this feat; they wondered how I came about the figure. For this year also, I have realised over N9 billion,” he said.

The colloquium had as theme:  “Functional Education as a  Tool For National Development and Gateway To Freedom.’’

Oloyede said that there was  the need for government to place less emphasis on certificates  and encourage  abilities among the students.

“Destroying a nation does not require the use of atomic bomb or the use of long range missiles.

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“It only requires lowering the quality of education and allowing cheating in the examination by students.

“The collapse of education is the  collapse of the nation, but functional education will guarantee freedom and national development,” he said.

Oloyede also said that corruption was militating against functional education in the country.

He said it was painful that since the establishment of JAMB 40 years ago, the past  management of the board only generated N52 million.

Oloyede said he generated N9 billion for the board and remitted N 7.8 billion to the Federal Government  in 2017.

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He said Nigerians should join hands with President Muhammadu Buhari in the fight against corruption to bring about a better society.

Oloyede also said that quality education must be functional, multipurpose and adaptable to every situation.

“Education concerns the training of individuals  to acquire the right attitudes that make them socially responsible,’’ he said.

He also called for equality in education to allow children of the less privileged  to access quality higher education in the country.



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