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Registrar of Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) Prof Is-haq Oloyede has called for the review of relevant civil service laws to address the lacuna bothering on the death of a staff on the eve of retirement.
Oloyede made the call in Bwari, Abuja at the retirement ceremony in honour of 24 staff of the board who have attained the compulsory retirement age of 35 years of service.
He lamented that the current laws on retirement leave a lacuna such that if a staff dies on the eve of his retirement, he would not be entitled to even a posthumous check of retirement benefits.
The JAMB boss described the retirement ceremony as a joyous event as the staff were retiring without blemish when there are some who started with them but we’re not there to finish.
He urged the retirees to be thankful to God for a meritorious service to the country and the grace to peacefully retire.
He said that six directors were among the retirees while Dr. Yusuf Lawal, who was the Former Director of Test Administration at JAMB, has transferred his services to University of Abuja.
Oloyede could not hide his admiration for Lawal, and the outgoing staff whom he noted had contributed enormously towards the attainment of the goals of JAMB.
Oloyede announced cash rewards for the retiring staff for their meritorious service to the country.
According to him, all the retirees have spent 35 years prescribed in the civil service laws, some of whom commenced their services with the federal civil service in 1987.
Director, Human Resources, Mohammed Shehu, while congratulating the retirees, appreciated them for their contribution towards the growth of JAMB.
The retiring directors include: Dr. Halilu Bakori Mohammed (Director, Annex office Kaduna) Raphael Ofala Oise, (Enugu zonal office) Isyaku Muhammad Kankiya(Katsina State Office) Babatunde Benjamin Bamisaye (Akure state office), Dupe Ayoson, (Benin zonal office) Sunday Adeleke Aladegbaye (Zonal Director, Maiduguri)and Akinyele Oyetunde Ariyo (Psychometrics Department)
Responding on behalf of the retirees, Dr Haliru Bakori, thanked the board and management for honouring them; as well as their co-staff for being part of the journey through their years of service to the country.
Bakori prayed for those still in service that they would also retire hale and hearty.
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Akeem Alao trained as a language teacher. He graduated from Adeniran Ogunsanya college of Education where he studied English/Yoruba Languages and Ekiti State University where he obtained a degree in English Education.