The tenure of Prof. Abubakar Adamu Rasheed as Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC) and that of Prof. Is-haq Oloyede as Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Enrollment Board (JAMB) have been marked with success. unprecedented. While Professor Rasheed was recently ranked by a global assessment agency as the best Executive Secretary in NUC history, Professor Is-haq Oloyede is also globally recognized as the most dynamic, innovative and successful Registrar. the most careful JAMB has ever had. The activities of the duo Rasheed and Oloyede have, over the past five years, raised the quality of university education in Nigeria. While Professor Oloyede ensures a better quality of applicants in the system, Professor Rasheed ensures that once admitted these applicants receive high quality treatment leading to a markedly improved quality of graduates compared to what we had before he took office. With around 106 innovations at the NUC and 82 innovations at the JAMB, Professor Rasheed and Professor Oloyede respectively, are ready to consolidate the achievements of the last five years and to carry out their current programs and projects. For example, the Rasheed revolution driven by the Master Plan for the Rapid Revitalization of University Education in Nigeria (2019 to 2025) is about to effectively take off after its COVID-19 hiatus.
Building on the international recognition of Professor Rasheed for leading the implementation of the Master Plan, several donor agencies and development partners have offered their support for the implementation of the Master Plan. The massive overhaul of the Nigerian university system’s curriculum, now in its crucial phase, is being led by Professor Rasheed. Other programs and projects, which depend on Professor Rasheed’s international influence and expertise to lead, include the Nigerian University System Knowledge Bank, the Virtual Institute for Capacity Building in Higher Education ( VICBHE) and the Digest of Statistics (the most recent in the history of education in Nigeria).
Professor Is-haq Oloyede must personally take the innovations underway in JAMB into high gear so as not to lose the gains of the past five years. Some of these innovations are the Central Admissions Processing System (CAPS) for automating the admissions process; the creation of an equal opportunities group to organize UTME for blind applicants; expanding the capacity of CBT centers for standardization; Electronic ticketing (for complaints support.jamb.gov.ng); Integrated Brochure and Program System (IBASS) for prompt delivery of admission requirements; use of biometric authentication to confirm the validity of the registration, printing of the electronic bulletin and the identity of the candidates; setting up of a management dashboard to monitor the registration and admission exercise in real time; use of CCTV cameras in all centers to monitor the examination and registration process in real time; and exemplary management of funds: prudent and judicious use of JAMB’s financial resources.
Mr. President has just returned from the World Education Summit in London with the promise to reorganize the education sector under the very able leadership of Malam Adamu Adamu in terms of funding and efficiency. The Honorable Minister of Education needs these two pillars – Rasheed and Oloyede for Mr. President’s promise to be true for the Nigerian university system.
Professor Okebukola is an Officer of the Federal Republic (OFR).