– The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has revealed that it recently generated not less than N9 billion
– Its registrar, Professor Is-haq Oloyede, said that this development indicates that much can be achieved in the country, if corruption is eradicated
– Oloyede, however, stated that Nigerian teachers are the least paid in the world and called on the federal government to intervene
Professor Is-haq Oloyede, the registrar of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) on Tuesday, November 27, said that a sustained war against corruption can bring about radical economic growth through investment.
Oloyede expressed surprise that JAMB could generate as much as N9 billion for the federal government, an indication of how far the nation could go, if corruption is eradicated, The Nation reports.
He said this during the delivery the 10th convocation lecture of the Tai Solarin University of Education (TASUED), Ijagun, Ogun state.
Oloyede remarked that when Kemi Adeosun, the former finance minister, called on him to generate N200 million or N300 million, he said he was at first frightened because of the past record of JAMB in terms of remittance.
In the lecture, titled For whom much is expected, enough should be given: Making a case for Nigerian teacher, Oloyede identified corruption as one strong obstacle to sufficiency of resources for progress in the country.
He said: “In terms of corruption, I have seen how very wicked we are against one another in this country. I don’t even respect many people with big cars because I have information about them.
“After my appointment, the Minister of Education called me and said from information available you should be able to generate N500 million for the Federal Government.
“The former Minister for Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, who is also from Ogun State, also called me and said your office should be able to give us N300 million or N200 million. I was really wondering how this was going to work given the past record of JAMB.
“I am, however, surprised that JAMB had N9 billion left for the Federal Government. In fact, I could not sleep, I will again go and check to ensure there were no error anywhere. Look at what this huge amount will do to our economy.”
He said that informed why he was of the strongest view that the ongoing fight against corruption must be sustained and supported by Nigerians to get things working again in the country.
Oloyede referred to teachers in Nigeria as the worst paid in the world, adding that the federal, state and local governments should deal with the issue for increased productivity.
He said: “Education is everything as without it, there is nothing. It appears evident that we may continue to drift on uncharted seas as long as society pay pittance to its moulders, the teachers.
It is high time we paid attention to the goose that laid the golden eggs because for whom much is expected, enough should also be given.”
Professor Abayomi Arigbabu, the vice chancellor of the university pointed out that the institution churned out 2,723 graduands at the 10th convocation, including 256 postgraduate degrees in different fields of study.