Meet Prof. Ishaq Olarewaju Oloyede; The New JAMB Registrar


President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday wielded the sword on some agencies and parastatals in the country with the intention of bringing about fresh energy and passion in the Education minstry.

Notable of all is the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), whose Registrar, Dibu Ojerinde, a professor, was relieved of his appointment as the registrar of the body and Prof. Ishaq Olarewaju Oloyede, a former vice-chancellor (VC) of the University of Ilorin (UNILORIN), appointed in his place.

Many has praised the appointment of Prof. Ishaq Oloyede as the new registrar of the board, hailing him as the ‘change’ the examination board is in dire need of. But here is some things you need to know about him according to a biography of him posted on the University of Ilorin website.

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Meet Prof. Ishaq Olarewaju Oloyede

Prof. Ishaq Olarewaju Oloyede was born in October 1954.

He hails from Abeokuta South Local Government Area of Ogun State.

Prof. Oloyede is married with 4 children and one grandchild.

He had his Secondary Education from 1969-1973 at the Progressive Institute, Agege Lagos and Arabic Training Centre Agege, Lagos, (Markaz) from 1973-1976 and later to the University of Ibadan between 1976 and 1977 where he obtained a certificate in Arabic and Islamic Studies.

His tertiary education began in the University of Ilorin in 1978 where he studied Arabic and was awarded a B.A. Arabic (First Class Hons) in 1981. In July 1982 he was appointed an Assistant Lecturer in  the Department of Religions of the University.

In 1991, he had his Doctorate degree in Islamic Studies also from the University of Ilorin.

Prof. Oloyede earned several scholarships and prizes during his student days, notable among which were the Arab League prize for the best final year Certificate student in Arabic and Islamic Studies in 1977 at the University of Ibadan; Federal Government undergraduate merit award from 1979 to 1981; Department of Religions Award, University of Ilorin, 1981 and Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Award, Unilorin also in 1981.

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Prof. Oloyede
Prof. Ishaq Olarewaju Oloyede

He has authored and co-authored several articles in reputable local and international outlets.

He is a fellow of the Islamic Academy of Cambridge, United Kingdom; Fellow, Academy of Entrepreneurship; Member, Nigerian Association of Teachers of Arabic and Islamic Studies (NATAIS); Member, Editorial Board, Centre for Islamic Legal Studies, ABU, Zaria, among, several others.

He was National President of the Unilorin Alumni Association between 1995 and 1998, and was a two-time 1st and 2nd National Vice-President of the Association.

Prof. Ishaq Oloyede was appointed Deputy Vice – Chancellor (Academic) on June 19, 2003 and Deputy Vice -Chancellor (Administration) on July 6, 2005.

He was a member of the University Governing Council; Students’ Disciplinary Committee; Revenue Yielding Committee; Honorary Degree and Monument Committee; Strategic Planning Steering Committee and Member, Capital Project Implementation Task Force among others.

He was at a time Chairman of University of Ilorin Holdings Ltd where he served as Director, Unilorin Consultancy Services, among other business ventures of the University.

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Prof. Ishaq Oloyede was appointed co – secretary of the National Political Reform Conference by President Olusegun Obasanjo. Also in 2006, he was appointed a Consultant by the National Universities Commission on Educational Reforms in Nigeria.

Until his present appointment, he was Director, Academic Planning of the University. In 2005,

He was elected the Vice Chancellor on the 15th October 2007 for a single term of five years. Currently, Prof Ishaq Oloyede is the Executive Secretary of National Inter -Religious Council (NIREC) and also the President of Association of African Universities (AAU).