A one time Director-General of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Otunba Lanre Ipinmisho, has described as uncommon, the transformation of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), under the leadership of Professor Is-haq Oloyede.
While assessing the current state of the examination body during a recent interview with JAMBulletting, the erudite legal practitioner and crime burster could not hide his excitement, saying he was so elated with the way JAMB has been transformed.
Otunba Ipinmisho stated that his faith was strengthened by the “phenomenal turnaround of JAMB” which underscores the fact that the country is not beyond redemption with the monumental achievement the examination and assessment body has recorded.
He therefore advocated that the achievement of the body, under Professor Oloyede, be institutionalised.
In his comments, Otunba Ipinmosho, who is the Asiwaju of Ogidiland said. “I am proud to see JAMB a foremost agency when Nigerians are discussing the fight against corruption and good governance.
“JAMB is now an example that our country is not totally hopeless. It is even more amazing that 99% of those the management is using to turnaround JAMB are Nigerians.
” My faith in Nigeria was strengthened by the phenomenal turnaround of JAMB. I have never come across a single foreign expert in the turnaround process in JAMB under Professor Oloyede. Leadership therefore is the bane of our development as a nation”, said Otunba Ipinmosho.
Speaking further, the former NDLEA boss, who also served on the board of the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) for six years argued that putting the round peg in the round hole, as in the case with JAMB’s current leadership, was all Nigeria needs to move forward.
“Let the right people be in the right places and we can watch this country peacefully progressing and taking its rightful place in leading Africa out of the woods.
“Tell me which Nigerian is not proud of JAMB today. Particularly that this feat was achieved using the same staff!. They simply understood that to remain on board, certain painful decisions must be taken and not only executed but to be the new norm and standard”.
Continuing, Otunba Ipinmisho, a JAMB critical stakehollder added.
“The present management has laid a great foundation which must be built and sustained, the turnaround that has been achieved so far must be institutionalised.
“If it centres around an individual, then the sacrifice of the last five years could be ftretted away in less than five months,” said Otunba Ipinmisho who also spoke on the leadership traits of the JAMB’s registrar.
“The Registrar is doing well on General Staff Welfare. This must be sustained and must go beyond his tenure. The reforms must be owned by all to be sustainable,” stated the refined politician cum philanthropist.