Erstwhile Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, Prof. Dibu Ojerinde, has declared that he was leaving the board better than he met it after nine years in the saddle, adding that he did everything he needed to do to move the board forward.
Ojerinde, who spoke yesterday at a dinner organised in his honour in Abuja, however expressed optimism that his achievements would be built upon by the JAMB Registrar, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede.
He urged the management to continue to work to keep the philosophy on which JAMB was established, stressing that “we used to have a philosophy of yes, you can do it, and things are being made possible”.
According to him, “I feel good that I am leaving JAMB better than we met it. I am sure the person, who has come to takeover, is going to be as good if not better than I am.
“I have done everything I wanted to do. There is no other thing I want to do and that is why God says it is time for me to leave. That is it. No more.
“Through the grace of God a lot of things have been done. My wish is that the management should continue the way they used to do it.”
The former JAMB registrar denied reports that he was sacked by Minister of Education Malam Adamu Adamu over 2016 admissions’ list.
“I was not removed because of that. After all I was not the only one replaced. Seventeen of us were replaced, so why should I be removed? I don’t think I was removed because of that,” he said.
On reverting to paper and pencil test, PPT, as being clamoured by some stakeholders, Ojerinde noted that it would be one step forward and two steps backwards to embark on such decision.
“May God forbid going backwards. We will move forward. In fact, they should go multimedia and I think the present person will do it.
“No I don’t believe that. That hullabaloo has also been in the system during my time. When I combined UTME with MPC and UME, there were hullabaloos. Before we started CBT, there were hullabaloos because of the fear of the unknown.
“We are used to that in JAMB and we see challenges as progress. When we are challenged we face it. Nothing good comes easy,” he stated.