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Okebukola wants reappointment of Oloyede, Rasheed as JAMB, NUC chiefs

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Peter Okebukola

A former Executive Secretary of National Universities Commission, Prof. Peter Okebukola, has called for the reappointment of Professors Abubakar Adamu Rasheed and Is-haq Oloyede as Executive Secretary of National Universities Commission (NUC) and Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) respectively.

The renowned educationist, in a statement, described the duo as worthy pillars of higher education in Nigeria that deserve to be retained by President Muhammadu Buhari.

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The first tenure of Rasheed and Oloyede ended on August 1, 2021, alongside other heads of 15 parastatals under the Federal Ministry of Education.

Okebukola, who argued that their first terms were marked by unprecedented success, said Rasheed was recently ranked by a global assessment agency as the best Executive Secretary in the history of NUC, while Oloyede is globally acclaimed as the most dynamic, innovative, and most prudent Registrar JAMB ever had.

He noted that the President just returned from the Global Education Summit in London with a promise to rejig the education sector under the leadership in terms of funding and efficiency.

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According to him, “The Minister of Education needs Rasheed and Oloyede for the promise of the President to hold true for the Nigerian university system.

“While Prof. Oloyede ensures improved quality of candidates into the system, Prof. Rasheed ensures that when admitted, these candidates benefit from high-quality processing, leading to much-improved quality of graduates, compared with what we used to have before he came into office.

“With about 106 innovations at NUC and 82 innovations in JAMB, Prof. Rasheed and Prof. Oloyede respectively, are poised to consolidate the gains of the last five years and see to the completion of their ongoing programmes and projects.

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“For instance, the Rasheed Revolution, driven by the Blueprint for the Rapid Revitalisation of University Education in Nigeria (2019 to 2025) is about to take off effectively after its pause by COVID-19.”

Okebukola disclosed that on the strength of Rasheed’s international recognition to lead the implementation of the Blueprint, several donor agencies and development partners have offered their support.

Buhari, meanwhile, inaugurated a 16-member Governing Council of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), yesterday.

The President, who was represented by Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, called for the entrenchment of human rights in accordance with international best practices.

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