fact that Mathematics, commonly referred to as the backbone of all
science disciplines has a link with students intellectual development
was established at a lecture at Propthe Federal University of Technology,
Professor of Applied Mathematics, Olubode Koriko, who is the current
Dean, School of Sciences, FUTA while delivering the 81st Inaugural
lecture titled “Mathematics : It is by Faith not by Sight”, emphasized
the importance of Mathematics to intellectual development, saying
“Mathematics is the theoretical foundation for all
Mathematics is the queen of
the sciences and also the language of all sciences and engineering.
“Professor Koriko debunked what he described as the myth that
mathematics is a difficult subject, urging students to avoid laziness,
building up their faith because studying mathematics is by faith, not by
He said “for students to be good in mathematics, they need
to put in a lot of efforts. They have to practice what they have
learned frequently and solve as many related examples as possible. The
more they practice, the better their proficiency. Students who want to
be proficient in mathematics have to devote time to studying it instead
of looking for ‘short-cut’. He also called on parents to support the
faith of their wards in studying mathematics.
Koriko, a First
Class graduate of Mathematics from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and
post graduate degrees from Essex England, University of Ibadan and FUTA
said the objective of Mathematics, is to train students to be able to
adequately apply their built mathematical skills with the aid of
Information Technology to solve real -life problems in the areas of
Agriculture, Commerce, Medicine and other allied disciplines and also
provide and promote sound basic practical and theoretical training in
Industrial Mathematics as a foundation for the technological development
of the society.
To achieve the above objectives, the don called
for improved mathematics education in the society, saying “mathematics
is a gateway to success in the sciences and skill acquisition ” He also
called on the Federal Government to, through the Ministry of Education,
put things right by posting only qualified teachers of mathematics to
schools, starting from posting fresh graduate on National Youth Service.
said “the government through the ministry of education can follow the
policy of developed countries which no longer places uncertified
teachers in low-performing schools. The Federal government should also
improve teachers working conditions and provide teachers with more
mentoring, proficiency-enhancing on the job training and supervision ”
Koriko also called for adequate training of Mathematics teachers to
develop professional teaching and research methods.
have little motivation towards practical applications of mathematics to
solve real -life problems. In view of this, research work targeted
towards solving a specific life problem should be encouraged. This could
be in terms of adequate funding and award of research grants for
researchers who use mathematics to solve a specific real-life problem”
The Vice Chancellor, Professor Adebiyi Daramola, who
chaired the occasion, commended the delivery by the lecturer, saying
“Professor Koriko has really justified his First Class honour degree in
his chosen field.” He also encouraged upcoming mathematicians to imbibe
the culture of hard work which is the only secret to success in life.
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