Prof Ishaq Oloyede, the registrar of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), has stated that Nigeria is dominated by certified thieves.
He made the comment in Osun on Sunday, May 27, while speaking at the 61st Birthday Colloquium of Governor Rauf Aregbesola, Premium Times reports.
NAIJ.com gathers that Oloyede stated that corruption held sway in JAMB; using the difference between the revenue his predecessors generated and that of his own, to prove his point.
According to the registrar, Nigeria’s education sector is facing difficulties because of “certified thieves at the helm of affairs”. He stated: “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.
“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 marveled at this feat; they wondered how I came about the figure. For this year also, I have realised over N9 billion.”
He added: “You don’t need to use bomb to destroy a nation; just lower the quality of education and allow cheating by students in examinations.
“Education, being the art of acquisition and utilisation of knowledge is also an instrument in training individuals purposely to make them socially responsible.
“Functional education must be geared towards the liberation of humanity from poverty and misery. All in all, education must be functional before it is adaptable.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that Prof Ishaq Oloyede said the Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board would this year remit less than the N7.8 billion it remitted to federal government coffers in 2017. Oloyede spoke during the 2018 budget defence session with the Senate committee on tertiary education and TETFUND.
He noted that although JAMB projected N14.691 billion as its Internally Generated Revenue (IGR), for the 2018 fiscal year, N7.744 billion out of it would be used for overhead cost items while N2.683 billion would be earmarked for capital projects.