A Remarkable Tale of Dedication and Leadership Unfolds in Nigeria’s Education System
The extraordinary trajectory of Professor Is-haq Oloyede, the Registrar of the Joint Admissions Matriculation Board (JAMB), continues to captivate as he shares his remarkable journey from being a youth corps member to ascending to the esteemed position of Faculty Dean. His inspiring story serves as a testament to the power of determination, passion, and unwavering commitment to excellence within Nigeria’s education system.
In a recent interview with the Sunday Tribune, Professor Oloyede recounted his experiences as a corps member and the unexpected turn of events that propelled him into a position of authority at a young age. Assigned to the National Open University of Nigeria, Oloyede’s exceptional academic achievements as a first-class graduate caught the attention of former President Shehu Shagari. Recognizing his immense potential, the President handpicked him, along with other outstanding graduates, for a unique opportunity.
While the position offered by the President was undeniably enticing, Oloyede chose a different path, one that would enable him to make a lasting impact on the lives of students. Responding to an invitation from the University of Ilorin, he accepted the role of a Graduate Assistant, a decision that showcased his dedication to academia and the pursuit of knowledge. Despite having various enticing options in parastatal agencies of government, Oloyede embraced the challenging and rewarding world of teaching and mentoring.
Remarkably, it was during his time as a youth corps member that Oloyede assumed the role of Faculty Dean, entrusted with substantial responsibilities and leadership duties. Controlling aspects beyond what one might expect at such a nascent stage in a career, he exhibited exceptional competence and an unwavering commitment to excellence. The wealth of experience and resources at his disposal surpassed the expectations typically associated with a fresh graduate.
In an era where opportunities in prestigious institutions such as the Nigerian Army, National Television Authority, and Federal Mortgage Bank abounded, Oloyede’s choice to become a Graduate Assistant at the University of Ilorin showcased his steadfast dedication to academic growth and personal development. Despite earning a modest monthly salary of N528, he defied the odds and purchased his first car for just N600, paying for it in two installments. This display of resilience and resourcefulness further exemplified his unwavering determination.
Professor Is-haq Oloyede’s journey from being a youth corps member to assuming the role of Faculty Dean serves as an embodiment of the transformative power of education and an unwavering commitment to excellence. His story inspires countless individuals, highlighting the potential for extraordinary achievements even in the face of challenges. As the JAMB Registrar, Oloyede continues to write his own narrative, leaving an indelible mark on Nigeria’s education system through his altruistic service, dedication, and unyielding pursuit of academic excellence.
Source: Sunday Tribune
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