Oyo, Osun LAUTECH Feud Shows Inability To Fund Institution – Professor Ojerinde

LAUTECH,The present feud between the governments of Oyo and Osun States over funding of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso, has been identified as an indication that government could no longer fund the university.

A former Registrar of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Professor Dibu Ojerinde, made the assertion during the 11th Annual lecture of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology Alumni Association held at Atlantis Event Centre, Osogbo, the capital of Osun State.

Speaking on the topic, “Public University Funding in a Dwelling Economy”, Professor Ojerinde charged the governors of Osun and Oyo States to find lasting solution to the lingering crisis that has been impeding the academic activities of the institution for the past few months.

LAUTECH is an institution jointly owned and funded by the governments of Osun and Oyo states, since its creation, but the institution has been facing series of challenges occasioned by the inability of each of the state governments to contribute its own subvention to the university.

In his lecture, Professor Ojerinde called on related agencies and individuals in education sector to look into the LAUTECH matter, just as he urged the Alumni to awake to the realities and think of a way to rescue the situation.

“The alumni should be opened to see fund creation means to run the university”, he said.

Professor Ojerinde, who bemoaned the meager funding emanating from the governments to the tertiary institutions, noted that the only institution that enjoyed enormous funding from the government was military and paramilitary institutions.

He urged the Tertiary Education Trust Fund to extend the financial support being given to the state and government owned tertiary institutions to the private universities, polytechnics and colleges of education, saying the fund is being generated from the taxes and levies being paid by everybody.

Ojerinde advocated that private tertiary institutions should have the right to benefit from funds generated by TETFUND.

According to Ojerinde “If TETFUND is responsible for funding tertiary institutions, why is there segregation against private institutions? The money accrued by TETFUND are generated from taxation levies paid by private sectors.

“Then I don’t know why private people’s money shouldn’t be used to fund private people’s university.

“The private universities are suffering because they can’t break even due to lack of enough students,” he explained.

He encouraged tertiary institutions to invest in agriculture and all other possible avenues to generate funds.

Speaking on the disparity between the polytechnics and the university, the ex-JAMB registrar explained that technical education in Nigeria would never improve as long as the people continue to classify some tertiary institution graduates as second class and others as first class.

He stated that there should not be disparity between the polytechnic and university graduates, saying they should all be treated equally.

In his address, the National President, Alumni Association, LAUTECH, Mr Babajide Bewaji, lamented the crisis witnessed by the school for the past five months.

Bewaji said: “It is very sad that we find ourselves in this situation. The students have been sitting at home for the five months. But the alumni have made its recommendations to the school concerning the issue. The alumni are looking into funding the school.

“The school has made us, and we should give back to it”.

JAMB 2016: Students Protest Alleged Irregularities  

JAMBThe Registrar of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Professor Dibu Ojerinde, has been called on to look into the numerous irregularities in the 2016 JAMB examination and results.

Students who sat for the March 2016 University Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) made the call on Friday during a protest to registers their displeasure.

The 2016 exam was the first time computers were used to write all the exams and students and parents have cried out in outrage that the computer-based exam was still in its trial state and had a lot of irregularities.

Complaints ranging from non-provision of calculator, irregular shutting down of computers and non-release of the results of the students have trailed the 2016 JAMB examination.

Disgruntled candidates have also urged JAMB to find a lasting solution to alleged irregularities and requested that the body should urgently release the results still outstanding.

A member of the Association of Private Coaching Centers, Olawuyi Olufemi, has also questioned the supposed allocation of 40 marks to some students; an act which he said was not clear, wondering how some candidates would benefit while others would be exempted.

Meanwhile, the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has promised to compensate candidates who missed their examinations during the just concluded 2016 exercise with another test.

According to the Registrar, Professor Dibu Ojerinde, the board has records of candidates who genuinely missed their tests due to sudden relocation from their original centers.

 

Centre Relocation: JAMB To Compensate Candidates With Make-Up

JAMBThe Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has promised to compensate candidates who missed their examinations during the just concluded 2016 exercise with another test.

According to the Registrar, Professor Dibu Ojerinde, the board has records of candidates who genuinely missed their tests due to sudden relocation from their original centers.

The Registrar said that candidates were relocated from some centers in Lagos to Moro in Osun State and others from Uromi to Auchi in Edo State because mercenaries and thugs invaded those centers.

He also accused some independent centers of insincerity, leading to abrupt relocation of some candidates.

Asked what his position would be on the new directives from the House of Representatives to return to pencil and paper format or combine this with the computer-based system, the Registrar said that he would take instructions from the Minister of Education.

He said that those who organized protests did so out of frustrations because they were not allowed to carry out their plans in those centers.

Complaints ranging from non-provision of calculator, irregular shutting down of computers and non-release of the results of the students have trailed the 2016 JAMB examination.

A member of the Association of Private Coaching Centers, Olawuyi Olufemi, has also questioned the supposed allocation of 40 marks to some students; an act which he said was not clear, wondering how some candidates would benefit while others would be exempted.

Disgruntled candidates have also urged JAMB to find a lasting solution to alleged irregularities and requested that the body should urgently release the results still outstanding.

More Applicants Protest Against JAMB Registration Closure

JAMBMore protests have erupted, as successful applicants countdown to write the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations conducted by the Joint Admissions Matriculation Board (JAMB).

The candidates that were yet to register for the exam protested on Saturday against the closure of the exam’s registration portal by JAMB.

They urged the examination body to re-open its portal, lamenting that they could not afford to stay another year without securing an admission.

Some of the parents of the applicants in Lagos State, southwest Nigeria have also joined their wards to express their displeasure with the act.

They noted that they were upset with the closure of the registration portal, stressing that it has denied the applicants a chance to sit for the 2016 exams which will hold next weekend.

Responding to the applicants’ claims, the JAMB Registrar, Professor Dibu Ojerinde, said that the portal that was presently opened was for the candidates to print their examination slip.

According to Professor Ojerinde, “examination slip is to give you a date, a time and the venue of the examination,” maintaining that the submission of forms had closed since January.

FG Quashes JAMB’s Admission Policy

FG Quashes JAMB's Admission PolicyThe Federal Government has quashed the new admission policy adopted by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB).

The examination body had implemented a policy with which students seeking admission into various Nigerian universities with excessive candidates for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME) are redistributed to other universities with lower number of candidates.

The Presidency’s decision was disclosed by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education, Mr MacJohn ‎Nwaobiala‎, after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari on the ministry’s activities and challenges at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

Prior to Nwaobiala’s meeting with the President, JAMB Registrar, Professor Dibu Ojerinde, on Monday, explained the rationale behind the examination body’s new admission policy, which had generated protests from candidates and parents.

Professor Ojerinde said that the new policy was to save the time and energy of the students and reduce the number of students who fail to get admission into tertiary institutions yearly.

He said that all schools, including the University of Lagos (UNILAG) had their standards depending on the number of candidates applying into their institutions.

JAMB Registrar further stressed that although, JAMB had set its procedures by setting the cut-off mark at 180, “it does not mean all 180 scorers would be called for the Post-UTME” also called post-JAMB examinations in the schools.

However, the President of the Association of Tutorial School Operators, Oludotun Sodunke, had accused JAMB of not carrying the stakeholders along in their decision-making, but Professor Ojerinde debunked the claim.

JAMB Adopts Computer Based Test For 2015

JAMBThe Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has announced that it will employ full-blown computer based test for candidates seeking admissions into Nigerian tertiary institutions during the 2015 Unified Tertiary Examination.

The Chief Executive and Registrar of JAMB, Professor Dibu Ojerinde, announced the transformation from the paper and pencil test to a full blown computer based test during a press conference in Abuja.

According to him, the new innovation would help to reduce examination malpractice and introduce more confidence in the system.

Over 1,475,000 candidates, including the visually impaired are expected to participate this years examination.

JAMB’s Registrar Supports Establishment Of More Universities

The Registrar of the Joint Admission Matriculation Board (JAMB), Professor Dibu Ojerinde, has expressed his support for the establishment of more universities in the country.

Candidates writing the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations organised by JAMBThis he claimed will cater for the yearly shortfall experienced during admission processes.

The JAMB boss at the matriculation ceremony of the University of Ilorin noted that with the establishment of more universities by the federal government and well-meaning Nigerians, thousands of eligible students would have the opportunity of obtaining tertiary education in disciplines of their choice.

The Federal Executive Council (FEC), last week approved the establishment of three new universities to be established in the northern part of the country.

The older universities he added could not accommodate the yearly huge number of applicants seeking admission and praised the efforts of the federal government in that regard.

The Vice-Chancellor of University of Ilorin, Professor Abdulganiyy Ambali had earlier  during the matriculation for the newly admitted students for 2012/2013 academic session painted a gloomy picture of how 43,000 students obtained the 200 marks score of the institution whereas only 7,000 could be offered admission due to lack of space.

He challenged the lucky few admitted for the new academic session to be serious with their studies and avoid acts that could make them to be expelled.

JAMB sets 2015 as deadline for computer based testing

Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board (JAMB), Professor Dibu Ojerinde has announced 2015 as deadline for the commencement of the Computer Based Testing (CBT) for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

Professor Ojerinde who made the announcement at a news conference in Abuja on Thursday, said issues of inadequate power supply in the country would not deter the smooth running of the CBT system, as the board would seek public private partnerships. He added that the price of forms would also remain the same.

According to the registrar, 150 computer terminals would be built by JAMB as well as testing centres in each state for the conduct of the 2013 UTME using the mini computer based testing system.

He however noted that candidates who have phobia for computer system will have other options of writing the examination in paper and pencil dual testing procedures until 2015.

 

House summon JAMB’s registrar over exam in northern states


The House of Representatives has summoned the registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Professor Dibu Ojerinde, to explain his statement that the body may not conduct examinations in some volatile states in northern Nigeria.

In a motion of urgent national importance, Representative Aminu Sulieman, said the decision taken by the examination body is not only selfish but also wrong.

The registrar is to explain where he derives the powers to take such a decision and has been told to reverse the decision.

The House approved the motion and has mandated its Committee on Education and Security to look into the matter and report.

Professor Ojerinde, had last week stated that the forthcoming Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) might not hold in the volatile states in northern Nigeria.

The Professor made the announcement while speaking with reporters at the 58th National Council on Education (NEC) meeting.

According to him, JAMB will be forced to cancel the examination if the Boko Haram attacks on primary and secondary schools in Borno State continue.

“When we reviewed the situation in volatile states, for instance Borno, we realized that some of the schools are being bombed, but our investigations showed that only primary schools are affected and not secondary schools” he said.

Fundamentalist sect Boko Haram which translates to “Western education is sacrilege” or “a sin”, has in recent weeks being staging attacks on schools in some states in Northern Nigeria, such as Borno.

About seven schools were razed in the last two weeks in the troubled state.

The forthcoming UTME is slated for Saturday March 24th.