The Chief Executive Officer and Registrar of Joint Admission & Matriculation Board (JAMB), Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, says the nation is been governed by some certified corrupt thieves at the helms of affairs.
Oloyede, who was a guest speaker at the 61st Birthday Colloquium of Gov. Rauf Aregbesola, said for the nation to progress corruption must be curtailed.
The Colloquium tagged: “Raufnomics in the Transformation of Osun” held in Osogbo on Sunday, was organised by the friends of the governor.
Jamb Registrar, speaking on the theme “Functional Education as a Tool for National Development and a Gateway to Freedom” said that education remained the bedrock of every nation.
“Education is essentially the main process through which a society regenerates itself and hands down not just only the norms,” he said.
Oloyede called for a holistic fight against corruption, saying “let’s fight corruption with all our strength”.
Sighting example with the agency where he oversees, the registrar revealed the huge difference between the revenue generated by his predecessors and now that “shows clearly that corruption exists in JAMB”.
He explained that since the inception of the admission body over 40 years ago, the total money generated was just N52 million while under his leadership, he generated N9 billion last year alone.
“After we finished the conduct of the examination in 2017, we generated N9 billion and I remitted N7.8 billion to the Federal Government purse.
“Member of the National Assembly was surprised, they wondered how I came about the figure.
“For this year also, I have also generated over N9 billion,” Oloyede said.
For the JAMB registrar, another system where corruption is thriving is tertiary institutions.
He said tertiary institutions were becoming centres of indiscipline with social vices such as cultism, drug addiction, prostitution, fraud among others.
He argued that education is essentially the main process through which a society regenerates itself, and hands down norms, cultures, and also generates wealth.
“You don’t need to use a bomb to destroy a nation, just lower the quality of education and allow cheating by students in examinations.
“Education, being the art of acquisition and utilisation of knowledge is also an instrument in training individuals purposely to make them socially responsible.
“Functional education must be geared towards the liberation of humanity from poverty and misery. All in all, education must be functional before it is adaptable.”
He, therefore, called on stakeholders in the nation’s education sector to ensure that students understand what they were taught and can apply and practise them, saying education is not only about the certificates but it’s functionality.
From Saheed Adeyemi, Osogbo.
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