JAMB Registrar Prof Ishaq Oloyede Biography.


JAMB Registrar Prof. Ishaq Oloyede as many people call him is from Abeokuta South local government area of Ogun State. He got the appointment as the position of Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) on June 13, 2003, and later got the appointment of the position of Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Administration) on July 6, 2005.

JAMB Registrar Prof Ishaq Oloyede Biography.

JAMB Registrar Prof. Oloyede full name.

Prof. Ishaq Oloyede is what he is popularly known as in society and addressed by many students and candidates of the Joint Admission Matriculation Board (JAMB). but his full name is Ishaq Olarewaju Oloyede. Addressing with his title, Professor Ishaq Olarewaju Oloyede is his full name.

Prof.  Oloyede’s Real age.

Prof. Oloyede was born in Lagos on 10th October 1954, making him 65 years old currently and will be 66 years old on 10th October 2020.

Prof. Oloyede’s Growing up.

His family is natives of Abeokuta, but he was born in Lagos. His primary school education was in Lagos and he got his training in Arabic at Agege. Later on, he went for Arabic training in Offa. He also went to the University of Ibadan for a certificate course in Arabic and Islamic studies, which he came out with credit and as the best student of that course in 1976. At that time, from 1976 to 1977, He had not had credit in English.  In 1976 after diploma, He got a job to teach at Queen’s College, Lagos. But He felt that the best thing for me was not to continue to work. Despite the kind of salary that he earned at that time and the possibility of immediately having a car loan, he felt that he should further his education. So he went back to school.  That was the time he came to Kwara State College of Education to start a National Certificate in Education. He did not need an NCE, but where he wants to be is a school environment where he will be able to repeat the GCE O’ level examination in English, which was the only barrier between his getting admission through direct entry. However, spent one year there. Then he went to UNILORIN for direct entry after obtaining a diploma from UI. At UNILORIN, he came out with a good graduating degree of First Class in 1981. After that, he went on with his Masters and Ph.d.

Prof. Oloyede’s Education and Career.

He had his Secondary Education from 1969-1973 at the Progressive Institute, Agege Lagos and Arabic Training Centre Agege, Lagos, (Markaz) from 1973-1976, and later to the University of Ibadan between 1976 and 1977 where he could obtain a certificate in Arabic and Islamic Studies. He is currently a Professor of Islamic Jurisprudence.

His tertiary education began at the University of Ilorin in 1978 where he studied Arabic and got the award of First Class Hons in B.A Arabic in 1981. In July 1982 he got an appointment as an Assistant Lecturer in the Department of Religious of the University. in 1991, he had his Doctorate degree in Islamic Studies also from the University of Ilorin.

Prof. Ishaq who is the current JAMB registrar was lucky to earn several scholarships and prizes during his student days, notable among which was 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 1979-1981; Department of Religious Award, University of Ilorin, 1981 and Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Award, Unilorin also in 1981.


Prof. Ishaq ran twice as National Vice-President of the Unilorin Alumni Association. He received an upliftment in rank to professorial rank in 1995. Prior to his present appointment, he was a part of the University Governing Council; Revenue Yielding Committee; Honorary Degree and Monument Committee; Disciplinary committee; Strategic Planning Steering Committee and Member, Capital Project Implementation Task Force among others.

He is an author and co-author of several articles in reputable local and international outlets. Until his present appointment, he was directing the Academic Planning of the University 2002-2004. In 2005, Prof. Ishaq got the appointment as co-secretary of the National Political Reform Conference by President Olusegun Obasanjo. Also in 2006, he got an appointment as a Consultant by the National Universities Commission on Educational Reforms in Nigeria. He also got the appointment as Chairman of the University of Ilorin Holdings Ltd where he served as a Director, Unilorin Consultancy Services, among other business ventures of the University.

He won the election of the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ilorin on 15th October 2007. His tenure was for five years. While leading, the university became well ranked among the best in Africa. He was the Executive secretary and National coordinator of NIREC from 2007-2012 As of now, Prof. Ishaq is the Executive Secretary of the National Inter-Religious Council (NIREC) and he is also the current President of the Association of African Universities (AAU). He is a member of the Advisory Board members of the International Network for Higher Education in Africa (INHEA).

He is the current JAMB registrar since 2016.

Ishaq Oloyede Membership.

The JAMB registrar, Prof. Oloyede who attends several training programs across the nation is also a member of many  professional societies;

  • Member of Nigerian Association of Teachers of Arabic and Islamic Studies (NATAIS).
  • Fellow of the Islamic Academy of Cambridge, United Kingdom.
  • Member of Editorial Board, Centre for Islamic Legal Studies, ABU, Zaria, among, several others.
  • Former National President of the Unilorin Alumni Association ( 1995-1998)
  • Fellow, Academy of Entrepreneurship.

Ishaq Oloyede Marriage life

He met his wife at a Muslim students’ circle. The union is happy with four children. She plays a very significant role. I believe that she has been very supportive, not only in prayers; but with passion. One of his children is studying Medicine; one is studying Engineering and another is studying Law.

He wishes they end up being Academians just like their father.

Prof. Ishaq Oloyede’s take on Religion.

The establishment of NIREC is to ensure that there is religious harmony in Nigeria but today, it is like defeating the aim of establishing NIREC  as it appears that there is an upsurge of religious instability now?

The government did not establish NIREC.  It is a non-governmental organization with the establishment by CAN and the Nigerian Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs. It is a joint body and it was strongly supported by then President Olusegun Obasanjo because he made facilities available to the body.  For instance, for the first meeting that we had in Sokoto, a presidential jet was made available. Obasanjo was so enthusiastic that he made facilities available for the actualization of that body, After hearing about the body. When we made our constitution, we said we would ask the president of Nigeria to appoint a national coordinator, whose duty is just to interface between the government and the council. For instance, I relate with the Secretary to the Government of the Federation. Whatever decision NIREC makes, I carry to him.  Whatever assistance we need from the government, I inform the Presidency or the SGF.  I am just a liaison officer. I am ordinarily a part of the 25 Muslims in the council. But it is the president of the country that appoints whoever among us he feels that can facilitate the activities of NIREC.  You cannot impose anybody on the President.  the person to get the appointment must be someone that the President wants to be the liaison officer. My duty is just to be the intermediary between the council and the Federal Government on one hand and state governments on the other hand. That is what I do.  I believe I have done very well.

Prof. Ishaq Oloyede advice to youths.

The youths should try and discipline themselves and be focused on their duties.



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