The Federal Government has been urged to revert to old days where serving vice chancellors of universities were made chairmen of the governing board of Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB).
This is with the view to creating good synergies and harmonious relationship to effectively deliver on the Board mandates.
Prof Is-aq Olanrenwaju Oloyede made this call at a paper he presented at the meeting of the Association of Vice Chancellors of Nigerian Universities (AVCNU) in Abuja.
He said ”in recognition of the harmonious relationship that existed between the Board and the institutions pre 1993, it may be most appropriate to revert to the early days of JAMB”
Oloyede appealed to government to go back to the practice from inception, noting that the Board is a creation of the committee of Vice-Chancellors and it will only be proper for them to be clearly recognised as active stakeholders to avoid any acrimony between Tertiary institutions and JAMB.
He said that was the understanding of that time when only serving vice chancellors of universities were made chairmen.
He explained that for almost two decade of the Board from 1977 to 1993, only serving vice-chancellors were made chairmen of the Board, from Prof Oladipo O. Akinkugbe, VC University of Ilorin, Prof Donald E.U Ekong, VC University of Portharcourt, Prof Adamu Baike, VC universities of Benin, Prof Mahdi Adamu, VC university of Sokoto and Prof Isa B. Mohammed, VC university of Abuja.
He said this practice which promoted harmony and quality inputs on the Board’s matriculation activities has since been forgotten or neglected.
The Registrar noted that the appointment of the chairman of the Board could be restricted to only heads of tertiary institutions in Nigeria perhaps in rotational basis among the Vice-Chancellor of Universities, Rectors of Polytechnics, Monotechnics, and Provosts of Colleges of Education.
The Registrar also charged Heads of tertiary institutions to participate in the supervision of the Board’s matriculation examination particularly in the centres within their institutions and the neighborhood with a view to improving the sanctity of the examination.
Meanwhile, Oloyede has assured the AVCNU of his determination to ensure a smooth relationship with all institutions for the good of the Board.
He reiterated his earlier stance that the task of JAMB is coordination of admissions and not substitution of traditional responsibilities of the Senates / Academic Boards of tertiary institutions.
However, he said JAMB has the right to reject candidates for non-compliance with extant rules and regulations but will not be allowed to substitute or originate any name without the prior concurrence of the Senate/Academic Board of the institution.
The Registrar expressed his dissatisfaction with the way the issues of regularization has been handled by institutions.
He disclosed the observation by NYSC over the abuse of the intervention policy which was meant to address certain admissions challenges but became an avenue for corrupt practices.
In view of the abuse that the regularization of admission has been subjected to by institutions, a new template to be completed online has been designed by the Board to curtail the rampant request for regularization and only regularized in very rear cases where sufficient and convincing reasons are given through a thorough process for candidates who need to be regularized.
This process will ensure that after completing the form online the candidates will print an indemnity form which they will take to their Vice-Chancellors, Rectors, Provosts or Registrars of their institutions to be signed before submission to the Board through our State Offices nation-wide.