Due to his past record as an academician , the immediate past Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof Attahiru Jega, has been appointed by the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) to chair its committee on the internalisation of admission into tertiary institutions in Nigeria.
JAMB disclosed this on Mondag in its weekly bulletin made available to newsmen, JAMB said that the former INEC chairman 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 in its statement 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.”
JAMB Registrar, Prof Is-haq Oloyede, who inaugurated the committee, said its duty was to put in place the machinery to attract foreign students into Nigerian tertiary institutions, starting from the 2019/2020 academic session.
According to the bulletin, 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.
Members of the committee includes a former Vice-Chancellor National Open University Prof.Olugbemiro Jegede and a former Vice – Chancellor Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta Prof. Olushola Oyewole and seven others.