The Registrar and Chief Executive Officer, Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, has disclosed that incessant strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) is destroying university education in Nigeria.
He added that the union must realise that the country is no longer in a military regime, hence, there must be a paradigm shift as you cannot do the same thing the same way all the time.
Speaking at the grand finale of the 2022 Independence Day Essay competition organised by the Osun State Government in Osogbo, Oloyede who was represented by JAMB’s Director of Legal Services, Abdul Wahab Oyedokun said stakeholders must find a way for a workable education within the available legal framework.
He said that over 40 per cent of the tertiary education applicants have neglected the Obafemi Awolowo University, (OAU) as their first choice in the last 20 years due to incessant strikes by ASUU.
He said, “Osun State is a state of pride. We have history, Ife is the origin of Yoruba. We have culture Osogbo is the centre of culture. We have education great Ife (OAU) is here, Osun State University is coming. Unfortunately, with respect to ASUU, we are destroying Ife ‘OAU’ with this incessant strike.
“I know as a matter of fact that about 20 years ago, more than 40% of students make OAU their first choice University, but today OAU is not 1 to 10 in terms of a number of applications.
“We commend Osun State government for this initiative for this wonderful initiative this is taking place in a society where others are prioritising things that are of no benefit, which will bring no future to the children.
“We are at the Joint Admission And Matriculation Board, we are working towards building a better successor generation for Nigeria and the only way to do that is to guarantee the integrity of our examination process”.