Ishaq Oloyede, Registrar, Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), says he would resign his position if politicians interfered with the running of the board.
“Since I came here, nobody has called me to do any wrong thing. I have never seen anybody who will call me and say, somebody has done what is wrong, allow it to go,” Oloyede said on Wednesday when he received Iste Sagay, Chairman Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACA), and members of the committee in his office.
“People who have authority over me have been the people who are even calling me to strengthen what I am doing. Whereas my fear when I came here was that I was not going to stay long because what we used to peddle in the university is that these politicians will be interfering with one’s work.
“So, I had made up my mind that if they called me to do what I am not supposed to do, I would go. On no occasion has any of my superiors called me for any such thing.”
Oloyede blamed parents for aiding and abetting examination malpractice, saying several arrests were made during the just concluded Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).
He said the board took proactive measures and deployed all necessary technology to curb examination malpractice.
Speaking earlier, Itse Sagay, Chairman of PACA, had commended the JAMB management for the “geometric increase” in its remittance to the Federal Government.
The Board remitted N7.8 billion, the highest ever, to the Federal Government in 2017.
Sagay, however, sought clarification on the alleged N36 million cash of the board said to have been swallowed by snake.
“We also wish to congratulate you for what I will call the geometric increase in remittance to the Federal Government of Nigeria,” he said.
“We are not surprised. You have a name that has gone before you and we know that nowhere will you be operating and there won’t be events that will show that you have maintained your outstanding character and integrity.”