JAMB: Prof Attahiru Jega Becomes Head of Admission Committee

Written by Akeem Alao

Former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof Attahiru Jega, has been appointed by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) to head the committee on the internalisation of admission into tertiary institutions in Nigeria.

According to the JAMB Registrar, Prof Isiaq Oloyede, the committee was inaugurated to attract foreign students into Nigerian tertiary institutions, starting from the 2019/2020 academic session.

Oloyede, who made the announcement in the weekly bulletin released on Monday 12th August, 2019, stated that the duty assigned the Jega-led admission committee was to come up with strategies on international admissions, partnerships and academic programmes, as well as the promotion of foreign language programmes.

The board said, “The immediate past Chairman of INEC, Prof Attahiru Jega, has been appointed as Chairman of the Committee on Internationalisation of Admissions into Tertiary Educational Institutions in Nigeria. The committee was conceived during the 2019 Conference of Rectors, Vice-Chancellors and Presidents of African Universities in Egypt in July.”

The committee, whose other members include the former Vice-Chancellor of the National Open University, Prof Olugbemiro Jegede, and the former Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Prof Olushola Oyewole and seven others, is also tasked with suggesting various means through which the foreign centres of JAMB can attract more candidates, especially Nigerians in the diaspora, to apply for admission in Nigerian universities.

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Akeem Alao

Akeem Alao trained as a language teacher. He graduated from Adeniran Ogunsanya college of Education where he studied English/Yoruba Languages and Ekiti State University where he obtained a degree in English Education.

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