Newly appointed Registrar of Joint Admission and Matriculation (JAMB) Professor Ishaq Oloyede, yesterday resumed office at the Board’s headquarters, Bwari, Abuja with a strong warning to members of staff that he would not tolerate indiscipline.
He took over from Professor Dibu Ojerinde who was among the 17 Chief Executive Officers of education parastatals replaced last week by President Muhammadu Buhari even as the new JAMB Registrar said “I won’t spoil the good work you have done”.
Speaking at his first meeting with the management staff of the Board and State Coordinators, Professor Oloyede, who also promised to build on the achievements of his predecessors, said indiscipline is a serious form of corruption noting that “many people who criticize others are also corrupt by virtue of their sheer indiscipline”.
“The first rule in heaven is order and the bane of our development as a nation is indiscipline. Distinguished colleagues, indiscipline begins from attitude to time but it does not end there.
“Discipline requires that the right thing is done at the right time for the right purpose. Discipline requires that we all clean our corners in our respective capacities.
“Lateness to work, laziness at work, disrespect for deadlines, insubordination and so on are viruses that often cripple an organization. I will implore you to hold discipline sacrosanct because indiscipline is corruption and many people who criticize others are also corrupt by virtue of their sheer indiscipline”, Oloyede said.
In his speech titled, ‘Let’s do it together: the Biggest World’, Professor Oloyede said his agenda in JAMB would be anchored on five main crucibles which are welfare, discipline, technology, transparency and networking.
While acknowledging the quality of staff at the Board’s Headquarters, he said as a firm believer in staff welfare, his leadership would ensure that staff promotion, staff salaries and emoluments are given due consideration so that no deserving staff will be left behind.
He added that he would also operate a no door policy that would make everyone a stakeholder in bringing up ideas and suggestions that would be in the interest of staff and the system.
Speaking also, former JAMB Registrar, Professor Dibu urged staff of the Board to show the same support and cooperation he enjoyed from them to his successor.
Professor Ojerinde, in his brief remark, also commended staff and management of JAMB for their support and sense of purpose with which they worked with him in his almost ten years at the Board.