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Attahiru Jega lands new job

The former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Attahiru Jega, has been appointed as chairman of the Committee on Internationalisation of Admissions into tertiary educational institutions in Nigeria.

This appointment was made by Registrar of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Prof. Ishaq Oloyede.

The former INEC chairman will be assisted by Professor Emeritus, Olugbemiro Jegede, former vice-chancellor of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN).

The INEC registrar who spoke during the inauguration of the committee said it was important “in view of the prevailing localisation of tertiary institutions in the country, hence the need to urgently put in place the machinery to actualise the internationalisation of admissions in Nigeria starting from the 2019/2020 academic session.”

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The committee is expected to come up with strategies “for the internalisation of admissions into Nigeria’s tertiary institutions through JAMB.”

The committee is also to suggest ways foreign centres of JAMB could attract more candidates, especially Nigerians in the diaspora, to apply for admission into Nigerian universities as well as develop a new template for conducting the unified tertiary matriculation examination in more foreign countries.

Other members of the committee are former vice-chancellor of the Federal University of Agriculture, Professor Olushola Oyewole, former vice chancellor of the University of Uyo, Prof. Comfort Ekpo, Prof. Aminu Mikailu, Prof. Domwini Kuupole and a former chairman of the Association of West African Universities, Prof. Adenike Oladimeji, Fasasi Zubairu.