Professor Ishaq Oloyede, Secretary General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), was yesterday appointed Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board (JAMB).
We rejoice with him and wish him a successful tenure. Given his wide experience in university administration, we have no doubt that he would bring positive changes to the national examination body.
MURIC urges the newly appointed Registrar to urgently give a human face to the national examination body. For a starter, all early morning JAMB examinations which start by 6.30 am should be stopped. The earliest an examination of the magnitude organized by JAMB can start is 9 am.
The last JAMB examination held in February 2016 exposed young Nigerians to serious danger. Two female candidates were reportedly kidnapped. Another was killed by hoodlums. Some others had their cell phones and cash snatched by hoodlums on their way to the examination centres because they had to leave home before daylight. The security situation in the country is not yet conducive for such early morning examinations.
We pray that Allah guides his actions and utterances in his capacity as the new JAMB Registrar.
Professor Ishaq Akintola,
Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC)