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The Federal Government of Nigeria to Lead the African Development Campaign through Technology

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The Federal Government of Nigeria under the administration of President Mohammed Buhari promised to champion the campaign to develop Africa by promoting in aggressive manner science education, research and African Development.

The pledge to develop Africa via science education was made by Haija Hindatu Abdullahi on Monday in Abuja, the capital city of Nigeria during the opening ceremony of the 23rd Pan African Science Olympiad. The venue for the event was the ECOWAS Commission Headquarters.

According to Hajia Abdullahi, Africa should make more effort in the areas of science and educational research if it were to meet up with the trends of technological advancement across the globe. Hindatu who made this known through Dr. Mrs. Isiavwe Rosetta, the Director Technical and Science Services who represented her during the ceremony said that any meaningful endeavor in science education requires mathematics.

She described the introduction of Pan African Science Olympiad not only as germane in the struggle for economic growth and development but also a timely one. Africa, she said, would not be able to develop the required knowledge base and capacity to realise a stable socio-economic growth if no effective training and research were provided. Such training and research are also required by Africa to create topnotch mathematics’ centre of excellence.

The Director General of the National Mathematical Centre, Professor A. R. T. who gave the welcome address said that a state of emergency should be declared on Mathematics to address the various problems encountered in the teaching and learning of Mathematics in the country.

He regrettably observed that a good number of mathematics teachers in the country did not have the qualification to teach it. Prof. Solarin also mentioned that these teachers were not the best and lacked the required motivation. He highlighted on the need to train mathematics teachers as well as the need for review of its curriculum.

Professor Julius Okojie, the Executive Secretary of National Universities Commission (NUC) who spoke during the occasion advocated that the syllables for the teaching of mathematics as well as the recruitment of mathematics teachers be reviewed.