Tenures of JAMB, NUC, TRCN heads end without any proposed replacement

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It is not immediately clear what becomes of the leadership of major parastatals within Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Education as their tenures end on Saturday.

Among those affected are the Registrar/Chief Executive Officer of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Professor Is-haq Oloyede.

The tenure of 12 other heads ends same day.

With today, Friday being the last working day of the week, the executive heads of the agencies are statutorily expected to stop reporting for duty, after serving for four to five years.

While the affected officials are eligible for reappointment for a second term, no announcement has been made to replace or reappoint them.

Such powers lie solely with President Muhammadu Buhari who is currently out of the country.

Besides Oloyede, other affected chief executives are Professor Abubakar Rasheed, Executive Secretary, the National Universities Commission (NUC); Dr Hameed Boboyi, the Executive Secretary, the Universal Basic Education Board (UBEC); and Professor Ifeoma Isiugo-Abanihe, the National Business and Technical Examination Board (NABTEB).

Others are Professor Olusegun Ajiboye of the Teachers’ Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN); Afolabi Aderinto of the Computer Registration Council of Nigeria (CRCN); Professor Garba Dahuwa Azare of the National Teachers Institute (NTI); and Professor Michael Afolabi of the Librarian Registration Council of Nigeria (LRCN).

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Also affected are Professor Steven Ejugwu Onah with the National Mathematical Centre, Shedda; Professor Chinyere Ohiri-Aniche, National Institute of Nigerian Languages; Professor Lanre Aina, National Library of Nigeria; Professor Abba Haladu, National Commission for Mass Literacy, Adult and Non-Formal Education and Professor Bashir Usman, Nomadic Education Commission.

Almost two years since Professor Lillian Salami left the Nigerian Institute for Educational Planning and Administration to become the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Benin, no substantive replacement has been made.

It will be recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari, on August 1, 20216, appointed the scholars as executive heads.

Subsequently, they were sworn in by the Minister of Education, Mr Adamu Adamu on August 2, 2016, at the auditorium of the National Universities Commission (NUC).

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