Is-haq Oloyede

Is-haq Olarewaju Oloyede is a Professor of Islamics, an academic and public servant.[1][2] Born on October 10, 1954,[3] Oloyede hails from Abeokuta South local government area of Ogun State.[3] He was the former Vice–Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, Nigeria,[4] and the current Registrar and Chief Executive of Nigeria's Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB (JAMB). On February 2021, he made a one man decision to halt the approval of Jamb regularisation, making lots of youths unable to register, and go for the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).[5]

Is-haq Oloyede
Registrar of Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB
Assumed office
1 August 2016
Preceded byDibu Ojerinde
Secretary General of Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs
Assumed office
May 2013
Preceded byLateef Adegbite
Personal details
BornOctober, 1954


Oloyede had his Secondary Education from 1969–1973 at the Progressive Institute, Agege Lagos. He then proceeded to learn Arabic and Islamic Studies between 1973–1976 at the prestigious Arabic Training Centre Agege, Lagos, (Markaz) founded by Sheik Adam Abdullah Al-Ilory. Afterwards, he sealed the post-secondary Islamic education with a certificate in Arabic and Islamic Studies, learning advanced Arabic, Islamic Humanities and Sciences, from the University of Ibadan between 1976–1977. 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.[6]

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.[7]


Prof. Oloyede, who had attended several training programmes across the nation, is a member of the Board of the Association of Commonwealth Universities (2010 – 2012); and also a member of many learned and professional societies; • Fellow of the Islamic Academy of Cambridge, United Kingdom. • Fellow, Academy of Entrepreneurship. • Member of Nigerian Association of Teachers of Arabic and Islamic Studies (NATAIS). • Member of Editorial Board, Centre for Islamic Legal Studies, ABU, Zaria, among, several others. • Former National President of the Unilorin Alumni Association (1995 and 1998).[7][8]


Professor Oloyede wears many hats as an accomplished academic, Islamic scholar and luminary public intellectual.[9][10] Starting as an Assistant Lecturer in 1982, Oloyede rose steadily through the ranks to become a globally respected Professor in 1995 with several articles, authored and co-authored, in reputable local and international outlets.[11] He was elected the Vice Chancellor of his alma mata; University of Ilorin on 15 October 2007 for a single term of five years during which the university was deeply transformed, becoming well highly-ranked among the best in Africa and the most sough-after university in Nigeria.[12][13][14] Prior to his appointment as Vice Chancellor, he was a Deputy Vice Chancellor, Administration between 2005–2007, a Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academic (2003–2005) and a Director of Academic Planning of the University (2001–2003). He was a two-time 1st and 2nd National Vice-President of the University of Ilorin Alumni Association, a member of the University Governing Council; Students’ Disciplinary Committee; Revenue Yielding Committee; Honorary Degree and Monument Committee; Strategic Planning Steering Committee and Member; and Capital Project Implementation Task Force among others.

Outside the town and gown of the university, Oloyede also served as the Chairman of the Association of Vice-Chancellors of Nigerian Universities and Committee of Vice-Chancellors between 2011–2012. At the international level, he has held several distinguished positions. Between 2009–2011, he was the president of the Association of African Universities (AAU).[15][16] Other positions include: Deputy Chairman of the Governing Board of the International Association of Universities (IAU) [2008 – 2011]; and Secretary-General, Association of West African Universities (AWAU) [2013 – 2017].[17] In 2015, he was appointed the (2nd) Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the 3rd Governing Council of Fountain University, Nigeria.[18] He is also one of the International Advisory Board members of International Network for Higher Education in Africa (INHEA).[19]

In 2005, he was appointed by President Olusegun Obasanjo as Co-Secretary of the National Political Reform Conference.[20][21] In 2006, he was appointment as consultant by the National Universities Commission on Educational Reforms in Nigeria. Oloyede became the National Coordinator and Executive Secretary of the National Inter–Religious Council (NIREC) in 2007.[22] Since 2013, he has been the Secretary-General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA).[23][24]

In 2016, President Muhammadu Buhari appointed him as the Registrar of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB),[25][26][27] an appointment, personally described "divine"[28] by him, that was greeted by applauds from several quarters of the Nigerian society.[29][30][31] Since assumption of office, Oloyede has been widely celebrated[32][33] for transforming JAMB into a reference point in effective public service delivery,[34] transparency and accountability[35][36][37][38] in Nigeria with many unprecedented exploits.[39][40][41][42][43][44]


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  2. ^ "I have never collected bribe - JAMB Registrar | Premium Times Nigeria". 1 January 2017. Retrieved 16 January 2021.
  3. ^ a b "Welcome to the official website of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board". Retrieved 22 December 2017.
  4. ^ "Nigeria: Yar'Adua Appoints Oloyede Unilorin VC". Leadership (Abuja). 16 October 2007. Retrieved 22 December 2017.
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  7. ^ a b "Unilorin, four others bag tertiary admission performance award worth N25m". Punch Newspapers. Retrieved 17 January 2020.
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  9. ^ "PROFESSOR IS-HAQ O.OLOYEDE: A MAN OF ALL MOMENTS | Mahfouz Adedimeji". Retrieved 16 January 2021.
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  11. ^ editor (3 February 2019). "Ishaq Oloyede: On His Persona, Passion and Principles". THISDAYLIVE. Retrieved 16 January 2021.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  12. ^ "20 Facts About New JAMB registrar Prof Ishaq Oloyede - INFORMATION NIGERIA". INFORMATION NIGERIA. 2 August 2016. Retrieved 14 May 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
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  14. ^ "Prof. Oloyede: Beyond JAMB". Daily Trust. Retrieved 16 January 2021.
  15. ^ "AFRICA: Leaders fail education's needs". University World News. Retrieved 16 January 2021.
  16. ^ "AAU Challenges Varsity Authorities On Funding | SARUA". Retrieved 16 January 2021.
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  18. ^ "Oloyede appointed Fountain Varsity Pro-Chancellor". Retrieved 16 January 2021.
  19. ^ "Prof. Is-haq Olanrewaju Oloyede | Biography". Retrieved 14 May 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  20. ^ "Nigeria: Obasanjo Reaffirms Goal of Reform Conference". Retrieved 16 January 2020.
  21. ^ "Nigeria Opens National Conference on Political Reforms". Retrieved 16 January 2021.
  22. ^ "I hardly read newspapers until I was appointed vice chancellor – Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, former VC of UNILORIN". Retrieved 16 January 2021.
  23. ^ "Oloyede replaces late Adegbite as NSCIA Secretary General". Latest Nigeria News, Nigerian Newspapers, Politics. 7 May 2013. Retrieved 16 January 2021.
  24. ^ daniel (8 May 2013). "Fmr UNILORIN VC Replaces Late Adegbite As NSCIA Scribe". Information Nigeria. Retrieved 16 January 2021.
  25. ^ "Buhari sacks JAMB registrar, appoints ex-UNILORIN VC". TheCable. 1 August 2016. Retrieved 16 January 2021.
  26. ^ "Oloyede assumes office at JAMB, commends Ojerinde for adopting CBT". The Guardian Nigeria News - Nigeria and World News. 8 August 2016. Retrieved 16 January 2021.
  27. ^ "BREAKING: JAMB's new registrar assumes office". Punch Newspapers. Retrieved 16 January 2021.
  28. ^ "My appointment as JAMB Registrar divine - Oloyede". Latest Nigeria News, Nigerian Newspapers, Politics. 8 August 2016. Retrieved 16 January 2021.
  29. ^ "Academy hails appointment of Oloyede as JAMB registrar | Premium Times Nigeria". 9 September 2016. Retrieved 16 January 2021.
  30. ^ "Muslim groups laud Oloyede's appointment as JAMB Registrar". The Guardian Nigeria News - Nigeria and World News. 19 August 2016. Retrieved 16 January 2021.
  31. ^ editor (9 January 2019). "With Oloyede, there Can be No Dull Moments". THISDAYLIVE. Retrieved 16 January 2021.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  32. ^ "Prof. Oloyede wins 2019 Exam Ethics Africa Leadership Impact Award". P.M. News. 17 September 2019. Retrieved 16 January 2021.
  33. ^ "Book on JAMB registrar Oloyede for launch Wednesday | Premium Times Nigeria". 19 February 2018. Retrieved 16 January 2021.
  34. ^ "Oloyede: Audacity of integrity, service excellence". TheCable. 30 November 2019. Retrieved 16 January 2021.
  35. ^ "JAMB remits another N7.8 billion to Nigerian govt | Premium Times Nigeria". 22 July 2018. Retrieved 16 January 2021.
  36. ^ "SHOCKING: Before Oloyede, JAMB remitted N50 million to Nigerian govt in seven years | Premium Times Nigeria". 2 October 2017. Retrieved 16 January 2021.
  37. ^ says, Olufemi Oguntuase (5 May 2020). "JAMB remittance to Federal purse excites Nigerians". P.M. News. Retrieved 16 January 2021.
  38. ^ admin (28 May 2018). "Oloyede: JAMB Remitted Only N52m in 40 Years". THISDAYLIVE. Retrieved 16 January 2021.
  39. ^ "We have to make JAMB greater – Oloyede". Punch Newspapers. Retrieved 16 January 2021.
  40. ^ "JAMB plans deployment of malpractice device for future examination". Retrieved 16 January 2021.
  41. ^ "JAMB goes tough on fraudulent CBT centers". Latest Nigeria News, Nigerian Newspapers, Politics. 8 November 2017. Retrieved 16 January 2021.
  42. ^ "Six agencies working to recover JAMB's stolen money — Oloyede". Punch Newspapers. Retrieved 16 January 2021.
  43. ^ "JAMB chief tasks West African varsities". Vanguard News. 12 November 2018. Retrieved 16 January 2021.
  44. ^ "JAMB: Impersonation cases dropped from 74,000 to 4,900 ― Prof Oloyede". Vanguard News. 2 October 2020. Retrieved 16 January 2021.