Meet Prof. ‘Ishaq Olanrewaju’ The New Appointed JAMB Boss

Prof. Ishaq Oloyede has been appointed by President
Buhari to replace Prof Ojerinde as Joint Admissions and
Matriculation Board boss.
Below is his profile.
Prof. Is-haq Olarewaju Oloyede was born in October 1954.
He hails from Abeokuta South Local Government Area of
Ogun State. He was appointed Deputy Vice – Chancellor
(Academic) on June 19, 2003 and Deputy Vice -Chancellor
(Administration) on July 6, 2005.
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.
Prof. Oloyede, who had attended several training
programmes across the nation, is also a member of many
learned and professional societies. 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. Between
1995 and 1998, he was National President of the Unilorin
Alumni Association, and was a two-time 1st and 2nd
National Vice-President of the Association, in previous
Prof. Oloyede was elevated to professorial rank in 1995.
Prior to his present appointment, 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. Until his present appointment,
he was Director, Academic Planning of the University. In
2005, Prof. 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. 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.
He was elected the Vice Chancellor on the 15th October
2007 for a single term of five years. Currently, Prof Is-haq
Oloyede is the Executive Secretary of National Inter -
Religious Council (NIREC) and also the President of
Association of African Universities (AAU).
He is an International Advisory Board members of
International Network for Higher Education in Africa
He has authored and co-authored several articles in
reputable local and international outlets. Prof. Oloyede is
married with 4 children and one grandchild.

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