The new Registrar of Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Is-haq Oloyede, assumed duties on Monday with a pledge to develop a robust technology infrastructure to ease the task of the organisation.
Mr. Oloyede, a professor, was among the 17 heads of education parastatals and agencies appointed by the federal government last week.
The new JAMB helmsman is a former vice chancellor of the University of Ilorin. He is also the Executive Secretary of National Inter-Religious Council (NIREC) and President, Association of African Universities.
He takes over from Dibu Ojerinde, also a professor, who served as Registrar from 2007 to 2016.
“We shall partner the relevant stakeholders and develop a robust technology infrastructure that will ease our task,” Mr. Oloyede said after receiving handover notes from Mr. Ojerinde at the board’s headquarters in Abuja.
He commended Mr. Ojerinde for adopting the Computer Based Test (CBT) mode in JAMB’s examination.
He said the world was in the age of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), which exists to make life easier.
He said, “In this regard, we shall deepen what I once called the trendy tradition.
“When we introduced Computer-Based Test (CBT) at the University of Ilorin for the conduct of our screening exercise in 2007, we had no doubt that it was the right thing to do.
“It is gratifying that JAMB had subsequently transited to the use of technology for the conduct of its examinations and I salute the resolve of Ojerinde in that regard as well.
The new JAMB boss said that he would ensure that staff members were computer literate.
Mr. Oloyede solicited the cooperation of the staff of the board and pledged also to promote staff welfare, discipline and transparency.
Earlier in his remark, Mr. Ojerinde appealed to JAMB staff to give the new registrar all the support he needed to succeed, adding that he would acquit himself creditably.