Professor Ishaq Oloyede, the registrar of the Joint Administration and Matriculation Board (JAMB), has garnered praise from stakeholders for his significant contribution to the ongoing fight against corruption within the country.

During the recent Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) Policy dialogue held in Abuja, focused on corruption, social norms, and behavioral change in Nigeria, Professor Toyin Falola, the guest speaker, specifically commended Oloyede. Falola highlighted Oloyede’s exceptional performance as a public official and emphasized the importance of celebrating his achievements.

Dr. Shehu Yamusa, the emir of Keffi, expressed his lack of surprise regarding the accolades and standing ovation received by the JAMB registrar. He acknowledged Oloyede’s exemplary conduct, identifying him as a role model among the country’s most trustworthy public servants.

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Bolaji Owasanoye, the chairman of ICPC, emphasized the timeliness of the Policy Dialogue on Corruption, Social Norms, and Behavioral Change in Nigeria. He noted the current challenges facing the foundational societal values and norms, particularly concerning the prevalence of corruption-inducing social norms across different ethnic and religious groups.

Despite the widespread understanding of corruption as contradictory to societal values, a 2020 survey conducted by ACAN-ICPC unveiled that corruption among public officials is facilitated by the community’s mixed feelings toward the gains obtained from corrupt practices. Owasanoye explained that these corrupt practices often stem from community expectations that individuals in positions of authority distribute benefits to their community members, even if these benefits are derived from corrupt activities or embezzlement.

During the event, Hon Abbas Tajudeen, the speaker of the House of Representatives, emphasized the link between inadequate salaries and corruption. Represented by Busayo Oluwole-Oke, Tajudeen underscored the National Assembly’s commitment to improving the minimum wage and enhancing the conditions of Nigerian workers.


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