pledged to lead
the campaign in
development through aggressive promotion of
science education, research and development.
The Acting Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of
Education, Hajia Hindatu Abdullahi made the pledge
on Monday in Abuja, while declaring open events
marking the 23rd Pan African Science Olympiad, held
at the ECOWAS Commission headquarters.
Hajia Abdullahi, who was represented at the occasion
by the Director Technical and Science Services, Dr.
(Mrs.) Isiavwe Rosetta, said for Africa to keep abreast
with global trends of technological advancement and
perhaps succeed in solving its multifarious problems,
efforts must be geared towards science and
educational research as the bedrock, with Nigeria
playing a leading role.
She described Mathematics as the very essence for
any meaningful human activity and endeavour,
adding that the staging of the Pan African Science
Olympiad is timely and very much relevant in the
struggle for economic growth and development.
She said: “Without effective training and research,
Africa will be unable to build the knowledge base and
capacity needed to help the continent achieve its
much needed sustainable socio- economic growth
and create world class centers of excellence in
In his welcome address at the occasion, the Director
General of the National Mathematical Center,
Professor A.R.T Solarin, advocated the declaration of
a ‘’State of Emergency on Mathematics’’, as part of
effort aimed at addressing the various challenges
confronting the teaching and learning of
mathematics in Nigeria.
In his words: “Most of the present crop of teachers of
mathematics are not qualified, certainly not the best
and not properly motivated. There is the urgent need
for concerted training of teachers of mathematics
and the review of the curriculum on the subject.’’
The Executive secretary of National Universities
Commission (NUC), Professor Julius Okojie in his
address at the occasion, called for a review of the
syllables used in the teaching of mathematics and the
recruitment of qualified teachers.