By JAMES EZEMA
Thousands of protesters with placards who gathered in Abuja to protest the against what they described as the ineptitude of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) Registrar, Professor Ishaq Oloyede are angry at the Nigeria Police, ostensibly acting on the instruction of the Inspector General of Police (IGP), for disrupting their protest.
The Police had immediately moved in and stop the protesters from carrying out their planned action.
According the National Coordinator of Concerned Citizens Coalition, Comrade Solomon Adodo, who led the protest, said that as concerned citizens, “we can no longer fold our arms and watch while the very fabric of our educational system is being eaten away at the roots we have therefore decided to bring our save education SOS to the attention of the Honorable Minister of Education who is a man of discipline and impeccable records”.
He therefore called on the Federal Ministry of Education not to turn the other way “while JAMB and the future of our nation’s education sector is being decimated”.
The coalition decried “the ineptitude, maladministration and misdirection at the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) under the watch of Prof. Ishaq Oloyede as Registrar.
“The sour tinge of the shoddy, tawdry and herculean processes which characterized the conduct of the 2017 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination still lingers in the minds of students (who sat for the examinations), parents/guardians and relevant stakeholders.
“The poor outing by the JAMB Registrar – Prof. Ishaq Oloyede – and his Team only give further credence to the fact that Prof. Oloyede as JAMB Registrar can only be likened to a round peg in a square hole.
“It has become more evident that the Registrar is not concerned about placing parameters for quality education via the professional conduct of the UTME, he is rather concentrating on aspects of money making at the expense of Nigeria’s golden future.
“First, the registration process was flawed and cumbersome thus detracting from the quality time candidates should have taken in making adequate preparations.
“Thereafter, the examination proper was riddled with malpractices which the Registrar tacitly admitted even though he proceeded to shift blames and make empty promises.
“Thus, the place of merit and scholarship was hugely compromised”, the group said.
They added that “the fact that candidates had to go through the pains of economic hardship and risks traveling across States to sit for the examinations even though better options could have been emplaced is not acceptable.
“Ordinarily, the Registrar is expected to have resigned after this show of poor performance”, the coalition observed.