Prof. Ishaq Oloyed, Registrar, Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has stated that a sustained war against corruption and corrupt practices could free the nation’s resources for rapid investment and development.
According to the Nation News, Oloyede made known on Tuesday while delivering the 10th convocation lecture of the Tai Solarin University of Education (TASUED) in Ogun state which was themed; “For Whom Much is Expected, Enough Should be Given: Making a Case For Nigerian Teacher”.
The Registrar said that he was particularly shocked that JAMB could generate as much as N9bn into the account of the Federal Government which is an indication of how far the nation could go if corruption tide is worked upon. He identified corruption as one strong impediment to having sufficient resources to move the country forward.
Oloyede recalled that when the then Finance Minister, Kemi Adeosun, called him on phone to say the board should be able to generate N200m or N300m, he said he was initially frightened because of the past record of JAMB on remittance.
“In terms of corruption I have seen how very wicked we are against one another in this country. I don’t even respect many big 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 N500m for the federal government.
“The former Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun who is also from Ogun state also called me and said your office should be able to give us N300m or N200m. I was really wondering how this was going to work given the past record of JAMB.
“I am however surprised that JAMB had N9bn 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,” Oloyede stated.
He said this informed why he was of the view that the ongoing fight against corruption must be sustained and supported by all Nigerians.