In an anti-Climax to the controversies and counter-countroversies surrounding the conduct and the admission process of this year, the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (Jamb) Registrar Prof. Dibu Ojerinde was today sacked, he was replaced by estwhile UNILORIN VC Prof. Isiaq Oloyede. It will be recalled that the Nigeria first Professor of Tests and Measurement has been having a running battle with the Education Minister Mallam Adamu Adamu over the way he handled the conduct of 2016 UTME.
Ojerinde ran into trouble with the Minister following the way he handled the ongoing 2016 admission into universities and other tertiary institutions.
On Sunday, he withdrew the list of recommended candidates for admission earlier sent to universities and other tertiary institutions.
The announcement was contained in a statement by the spokesperson for JAMB, Dr. Fabian Benjamin.
According to him, the decision was to ensure that universities perform their statutory responsibility of selecting candidates and referring them to JAMB for confirmation.
This, JAMB stated, should be done in consonance with the admission criteria of merit, catchment area and educationally disadvantaged states as directed by the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, during the policy committee meeting.
Benjamin said the earlier list was sent to help fast-track the process of admission so as to allow other tiers of tertiary institutions conduct their admission for the 2016/2017 academic session.
“Candidates should not panic because this is part of the process of the 2016 admission exercise. JAMB regrets any inconvenience this decision would have caused the tertiary institutions,” he stated.
Prof Dibu Ojerinde was a 1968 Graduate of Adeyemi College of education where he obtained his Nigeria Certificate in Education (NCE) before obtaining his first Degree at OAU. He has been a regular visitor to the College, the last being a programme organised by school of education where he delivered a lecture in September 2015.
He is an Emeritus Professor of Education.