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The Director of Examination Development at the National Examinations Council (NECO), Mr Mustapha Abdul has urged Nigerians to shun the phobia for Mathematics but embrace the study of the subject for personal mental growth and development.

Abdul gave this advice last weekend in Lagos at the finals of the 2018 Cowbellpedia Secondary Schools Mathematics TV Quiz Show sponsored by Cowbell.

Abdul, who represented NECO’s Acting Registrar, Mr Abubakar Gana, enjoined Nigerians to put an end to the phobia of the moment against mathematics, saying “It is a beautiful subject” which stimulates human mental capacity.


He added that certain qualities that are nurtured by Mathematics include the power of reasoning, creativity, abstract thinking, critical thinking, problem-solving and effective communication.

“Mathematics is not something you run away from. It is something that you embrace as it helps you in everyday life. You may not go to school but that does not mean you are bad in Mathematics. Mathematics, of course, is something that Nigerians should embrace,” he counselled.


Abdul also praised the quality displayed by the Cowbellpedia finalists with Akinfoluhan Akinleye from The Ambassadors College, Ota, Ogun State and Chinedu Mgbemena of Graceland International School, Port Harcourt, Rivers State winning the junior and senior categories respectively.

In the two-round final for the junior category that produced Akinfoluhan as the winner, Splendour Nwankwo of Jesuit Memorial College and Favour Okarike of Graceland International School, both in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, finished as first and second runners-up respectively.

The three other contestants who could not go past the first round of the final were Chidozie Uzochukwu of Nigerian Tulip International School, Abuja; Gabriel Akogun from Welkin International, and Loluwa Abiodun of The Ambassadors College, both in Ota, Ogun State.

The 13-year-old Akinfoluhan, described his victory as both refreshing and exciting. “I feel very happy to have achieved my dream of wearing the crown. I am happy,” he enthused.

In the senior category, Chinedu overran Ambassadors College’s Juliet Ekoko, the 2016 junior category champion whose efforts yielded second runner-up placing. Another female contestant, who is also a second-time contestant in the competition, Praise Isinkaye from Federal Government Academy, Suleja, Niger State emerged the first runner-up.

Chinedu, 16, who also participated in the competition for the second time, expressed gratitude to God and his teacher, Mr Christopher Olasupo for giving him all the necessary support.


The sponsor, Promasidor delivered on its promise to double the prize money in commemoration of the 20th anniversary of Cowbell and Mathematics in Nigeria as the champions in both categories received N2 million each. They will also be sponsored on an all-expense paid educational excursion outside the country, while the first and second runners-up got N1.5 million and N1 million respectively.

The teachers of the champions were also rewarded with N500,000, while those of the first and second runners-up received N400,000 and N300,000 respectively.

In a chat with newsmen after the programme, the Managing Director of Promasidor Nigeria Limited, Anders Einarsson congratulated the finalists for their excellent performance and reiterated the commitment of the company towards the education of Nigerian children.

Meanwhile, registration portal is now open for secondary school students across the country to register for the 2019 edition of the competition.


Source: https://www.independent.ng/neco-urges-nigerians-to-embrace-maths-for-personal-development/

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