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Iganmode Grammar School, Ota emerged winner of the maiden edition of the Covenant University Community Development Impact Initiative Committee’s (CU-CDIIC) Mathematics Clinic and Quiz Competition, with Mother’s Joy Model College, Ota and St. Michael High School, Ota coming second and third position respectively.
The event which took place on Saturday, February 18, 2017, at the African Leadership Development Centre (ALDC) of the university attracted 24 secondary schools from Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government Area of Ogun State.
Declaring the event open, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor AAA. Atayero, represented by the Head, Department of Mathematics, Dr. Timothy Anake, said Covenant University is exceling in scholarship and community development activities, through various avenues and the mathematics clinic is one of such ways of consolidating on the progress.
He told the gathering that it was important to understand that Mathematics has transformed from just numbers to formulas, and models that could be deployed to solve human related issues.
Professor Atayero stated that the clinic would empower participants and contestants to develop interest in mathematics which would enable them rise up to the challenge of a highly digitized world, and as a result contribute to national development.
A special guest at the event, Mrs. Gbemisola Orekoya of the Mathematics Association of Nigeria, Ota Chapter, commended the University for coming up with the initiative. According to her, “With more efforts and initiatives such as this, it will just be a matter of time before we start recording great feats in the area of science and technology, because these fields of human endeavour thrives on the strength of mathematics.”
Earlier in his welcome remarks, the Chairman, Covenant University Community Development Impact Initiative Committee, Dr. Michael Agarana, said the ultimate goal of the clinic was for participants and contestants to savour and enjoy mathematics, while attempting to reverse the over 10 years of poor performances in the subject at the secondary school level.
He said the University through CDIIC is geared towards helping those who are weak in mathematics and provide a platform for healthy competition from time to time for every participating student in subsequent editions of the clinic.
Other highlights of the clinic were presentations on ‘Building Interest in Mathematics and Teaching Method’ by Dr. Sheila Bishop and ‘Mathematics is Beautiful’ delivered by Dr. Alfred Owoloko, both of the Covenant University’s Department of Mathematics.