UNILAG students win National Mathematical Centre prizes

The University of Lagos delegation to the National Mathematical Centre competition, Jeremiah Adedoyin, Titilayo Agboola, Emmanuel Adebayo and Mojeed Arikewuyo after the competition after the competition on Friday, 3rd May, 2019

Four students of the University of Lagos (UNILAG) have emerged top at the 2019 National Mathematics Competition organised by the National Mathematical Centre (NMC).

The overall winner is a final year UNILAG student in the Department of Mathematics, Jeremiah Adedoyin.

NMC organised the competition for university students across the country.

It started on 28th April and ended on 2nd May featuring 80 contestants from 20 universities. 40 contestants won bronze, silver and gold medals.

Mr Adedoyin, who is also President of his departmental students’ association, attributed his victory to determination and hard work.

“I thank God for my victory, I didn’t know I will be the winner of this contest. But I just set up my mind that I’m going for gold and nothing less,” he said.

EduCeleb.com gathered that each school was represented by four students each.

Other UNILAG representatives at the competition were Mojeed Arikewuyo, Emmanuel Adebayo, and Titilayo Agboola who emerged 3rd, 5th and 6th positions respectively.

The Chief Executive of NMC, Professor Stephen Onah at the closing ceremony on Friday, congratulated Adedoyin for his outstanding performance.

He told other contestants that “in every contest there must be a winner and a loser, but know that you are the best in your various institutions”.

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He urged them to positively showcase the centre in their interactions, saying “also use knowledge gained to better the society.

“If there is anything you have benefited from this programme, do well to tell others, portray us in good light so that more persons can come to get similar experience.”

The director, however, explained that the contest was aimed at identifying the best students in mathematics in the country and to assist them to develop in their future endeavours.

“This contest also helps us to identify the departments in our Nigerian university system that are outstanding in the teaching and learning of mathematics, such that we will be able to recommend them even to the outside world,” he said.

He also said that the contest was not restricted to public universities, but open to all universities and urged universities that had not participated in the contest to do so.

He said that through the programme, the centre would be able to identify their challenges and provide solutions to them.

“So we are encouraging those universities to identify with us so that they will be able to understand their weaknesses and improve on them,” he said.

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Also, the NMC Coordinator, Mathematics Programme, Peter Onumanyi said that the aim of the programme was to groom the future mathematicians from their young age.

He, therefore, appreciated the participants for their commitment to the programme and urged them to continue to work hard.

EduCeleb.com recalls that another UNILAG student, Daniel Itsuokor won the 2018 edition of the competition.

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