The Registrar/Chief Executive Officer of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Professor Is’haq Oloyede, has been named Person of the Year 2021 by NextMoney.
NextMoney is one of Nigeria’s foremost financial magazines.
In a statement, Editor-in-chief, Ray Echebiri, said the editorial board settled for the choice of Oloyede because of his relentless and uncompromising pursuit of academic excellence in Nigeria, and his unwavering commitment to transparency and accountability in public service.
“Quietly and steadily, he is leading a revolution in the Nigerian educational system, ostensibly with the objective of implanting academic excellence especially at the tertiary level of education in Nigeria.
“The revolution he is leading ensures that no candidate without the requisite academic achievements finds himself/herself on the campus of any tertiary institution in the country as a student. He is prosecuting this revolution by conducting very credible, transparent and fraud-free Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), and by ensuring that admission into tertiary institutions in Nigeria is based first and foremost on merit.”
“And soaring on the wings of academic excellence feathered by him, Unilorin’s ranking among world universities has remained on the upward trajectory.
“As Registrar/Chief Executive of JAMB, Oloyede is leaving no stone unturned as he relentlessly and avowedly pursues academic excellence by ensuring that admission into tertiary institutions in Nigeria is transparent and credible.”
“Five years or so down the line, Oloyede has not only turned around JAMB, but has also clearly indicated that he will take it to the very height of international standard and make it non-secondus in managing admissions into higher institutions of learning in Nigeria,” it said.