Former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Prof. Attahiru Jega, has been appointed by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, to chair its newly inaugurated committee on the internalisation of admission into tertiary institutions in Nigeria.
Prof. Ishaq Oloyele, the JAMB Registrar, who inaugurated the committee, pointed out that its duty was to put in place the machinery to attract foreign students into Nigerian tertiary institutions, starting from the 2019/2020 academic session.
He further disclosed that members of the committee include: a former Vice-Chancellor of the National Open University, Prof Olugbemiro Jegede, and a former Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Prof Olushola Oyewole, and seven others.
Jega had earlier joined the People’s Redemption Party, PRP, and had been appointed to head a committee in the party, ahead of the 2023 general elections.
However, JAMB said in its weekly bulletin on Monday, that the Jega-led admission committee is expected to come up with strategies on international admissions, partnerships and academic programmes as well as the promotion of foreign language programmes.
The board said, “The immediate past Chairman of INEC, Prof Attahiru Jega, has been appointed as Chairman of the Committee on Internationalisation of Admissions into Tertiary Educational Institutions in Nigeria. The committee was conceived during the 2019 Conference of Rectors, Vice-Chancellors and Presidents of African Universities in Egypt in July.
“The JAMB registrar said setting up the committee had become necessary in the view of the prevailing localisation of tertiary institutions in the country. The committee is encouraged to support tertiary institutions, particularly the universities, on how to attract foreign candidates into the Nigerian education system.
“The Jega-led committee is also charged with suggesting veritable means through which the foreign centres of JAMB can attract more candidates, especially Nigerians in the diaspora, to apply for admission in Nigerian universities.”
Responding, the former INEC Chairman said, “I have gone through the terms of reference underscoring the intention of the board to internationalise the nation’s universities. If this is achieved, it will improve the rating of our universities and appreciate their capacity to compete with their international counterparts.”