The Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, has stressed the need for cordial inter-agency security networking as a way to consolidate the security architecture of the country, saying a situation whereby heads of security agencies are at loggerheads instead of working together is counter-productive.
Oloyede spoke on Wednesday 3rd, February 2021 when participants of the National Institute for Security Studies (NISS) paid him a courtesy visit.
JAMBulletin which reported the visit in its current edition said the JAMB Registrar commended the Commandant of NISS, Alhaji Ayodele Sa’ad Adeleke, for the significant contributions of the institute to national security. He stated that Alhaji Adeleke had carved a niche for himself before moving to NISS. According to him, on mounting the saddle of the Institute, the new Commandant had infused uncommon energy into the running of its affairs to the admiration of all.
Prof. Oloyede stressed that the Board strongly identified with the objectives and laudable programmes of the institute as it brings together the cream of Nigerian bureaucrats from varied backgrounds to tap into their perspectives on national security and intelligence management. He said the theme of the one-month course which was, “Advanced Security Management ” was apt, highly commendable and in line with international best practices and contemporary happenings in the country. Prof. Oloyede stressed the need for interagency security networking noting that inadequate networking among the agencies breed mistrust and disaffection. He said the greatest threat to security lies at the leadership level.
He noted that a situation whereby heads of security agencies quarrel or are at loggerheads instead of working together through networking is counter-productive. The Registrar said, as a student of Islamic Studies, the purpose of law is security adding that “if there is no need to protect the people, there would be no need for law. The law is the one thing that protects you from being killed anyhow; protects your property from being stolen; prevents me from declaring myself President or Governor of Nigeria; prevents me from taking your child and making him my own and protects someone from maligning your integrity.” Prof. Oloyede told the delegation that JAMB, which was established in 1978, has over the years discharged its statutory responsibilities diligently and efficiently.
He stated that the establishment of the Board has provided immense opportunities for brilliant but underprivileged students who otherwise would not have had the benefit of tertiary education. He then proceeded to reel out t h e proactive steps that his administration had taken towards improving the system. According to him, on assumption of duty in 2 0 1 6 , he made five cardinal programmes his priorities and focus, adding that he had never compromised on.
He listed the five-point agenda to include networking, transparency, technology, discipline, and the welfare of staff. He stated that all these were deployed maximally and that changed the negative narrative about the Board to the positive image it now enjoys in the national discourse. For instance, he said the Board under his watch publishes the weekly JAMBulletin which documents activities of the Board, including details of contracts awarded as well as details of the contractors, which were widely circulated both in print and electronic format.
The Registrar pointed out that these measures were not only designed to save cost and get value for money expended but also in tandem with the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act(FOI). Prof. Oloyede added that the Board, in a bid to sanitise the admission process and other operational procedures, had developed the Central Admissions Processing System (CAPS), Integrated Brochure and Syllabus System (IBASS), e-ticketing, sanitisation of the conduct of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and frontally confronting examination cabals and cheats through the deployment of appropriate technology, setting up of a Police Unit to help in the fight against e x a m i n a t i o n m is c o n d u c t a n d investigation of reported infringements, among other uncommon innovations too numerous to mention. The highlight of the visit was a guided tour to JAMB professional Testing Centre (PTC) where participants took a demonstration test.