The Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB),Prof Ishaaq Oloyede, has commended the Nasarawa State Governor, Engr. Abdullahi Sule, for the big strides he has made in the education sector as evidenced by his quest to consolidate on the institution of the Computer-Based Test infrastructure in the state. The Registrar also lauded the harmonious relationship the Governor has maintained with the strides of his predecessors which led to the completion of various projects and their naming to immortalise them, citing the naming of one of the mega- CBT centres built by the State Government after the immediate past Governor, Senator Umaru Tanko Al-Makura.
Pursuant to this, the Registrar muted the idea for proper identification of the remaining centre not yet named, to be christened “Abdullahi A. Sule” Computer-based Test Centre, Lafia.
The Registrar made the remarks when he paid the Governor a working visit in his office on Wednesday, 23 September, 2020, during a tour of the Board’s facilities in Nasarawa State. He informed the Governor that he was in the state to, among other things, inspect the state of the Board’s facilities in Lafia being the Zonal Office supervising Nasarawa, Benue and Plateau States; ensure that the Memorandum of Understanding signed with the State Government on the management of the centres built by the State Government is adequately implemented; proactively delineate each of the three centres for proper identification and effective management as well as ascertain if there are other areas where the cordial relationship existing between the State Government and the Board could be further fine-tuned.
Prof. Oloyede assured the Governor and the entire state, of the Board’s support in ensuring that the resources committed by the State Government yield commensurate returns. He said, “To support the great work that the administration of Engr. Sule is doing in Nasarawa State, the Board has resolved that henceforth, it would not offer services that are ordinarily available at regular CBT centres. This, in effect, would allow the state-owned centres to offer all such services, and as such, enhance its patronage by candidates as well as precluding any competition.”
He further disclosed that the Board would also ensure that the state owned centres are given first consideration for any third-party examination even before the Board’s owned centre is considered. The Registrar also commended the Governor for securing the release of the recently-kidnapped personnel of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), while urging him and others who have been saddled with the onerous responsibility of securing the nation to continue to continue to work along the line of their mandate, adding that only education, which has the capacity to eliminate poverty, could address the security challenges in the nation.
He then congratulated the Governor on providing the platform to all Nasarawa inhabitants desiring education to achieve their d e s i r e. T h e R e g i s t r a r commended the Governor for bestowing honours on his predecessors, most especially the immediate past Governor and prayed for God’s commensurate honour on the Governor.
Responding, the Governor commended the Registrar and his Management team for the opportunity provided to the State in the area of enhanced admission of the indigenes of the State to tertiary institutions. He thanked the Registrar for undertaking the visit, saying that he was supposed to have been the one visiting the Board and not the other way round considering the enormous support the Board had rendered to the State.
His Excellency disclosed that the centres were coming on stream at the right time as much attention is being focused on the State in recent time owing to its proximity to the Federal Capital Territory.
He also expressed happiness at the fact that the partnership with the Board is working smoothly as the centres, in addition to being effectively managed, commending the Board and the Nasarawa State officials in charge of implementing the MOU for doing a good job. Engr. Sule stated that his administration would continue to pursue people-oriented policies and projects, explaining that he had even named some projects after his predecessors who were Governors under different political parties, in addition to naming particular projects after those who initiated them as an indication of continuity and brotherhood.
Continuing, he stated that he would not have accepted the naming of any project for that matter after him, preferring that it should be done after his leaving office, but the tremendous respect he had for the Registrar.
It would be recalled that the State Government, under the immediate past Governor Umar Tanko Almakura, had initiated the construction of three Mega CBT centres in Lafia, the State Capital, which were completed by the incumbent Governor.
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