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Ex-INEC boss, Jega gets new appointment

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The former president of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Prof. Attahiru Jega, has been appointed by the Joint Admissions and Enrollment Board, JAMB, to chair its recently inaugurated committee on the internalization of admission to tertiary institutions in Nigeria.

Professor Ishaq Oloyele, the JAMB Registrar, who opened the committee, said that his duty was to establish the machinery to attract international students to Nigerian tertiary institutions, starting with the 2019/2020 academic session.

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Besides, he revealed that committee members include: a former vice-chancellor of the Open National University, Professor Olugbemiro Jegede, and a former vice-chancellor of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Professor Olushola Oyewole and seven others.

GISTOK reported earlier that Jega had joined the People’s Redemption Party, PRP, and had been appointed to head a committee in the party, before the general elections of 2023.

However, JAMB said in its weekly newsletter on Monday that the Jega-led admission committee is expected to present strategies on international admissions, associations and academic programs, as well as the promotion of foreign language programs.

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The board said: “The former immediate president of INEC, Professor Attahiru Jega, was appointed president of the Internationalization Committee for Admissions to Tertiary Education Institutions in Nigeria. The committee was conceived during the Conference of rectors, vice-rectors and presidents of African universities of 2019 in Egypt in July.

“The JAMB registrar said that establishing the committee had become necessary in view of the predominant location of tertiary institutions in the country. The committee is encouraged to support tertiary institutions, particularly universities, on how to attract foreign candidates to the Nigerian education system.

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“The Jega-led committee is also charged with suggesting true means through which JAMB foreign centers can attract more candidates, especially Nigerians in the diaspora, to apply for admission to Nigerian universities.”

Responding, the former INEC president said: “I have reviewed the terms of reference to underline the intention of the board to internationalize the nation’s universities. If this is achieved, it will improve the qualification of our universities and appreciate their ability to compete with their international counterparts. “