Nigeria lacks adequate data, says UI VC

The Vice Chancellor of the University of Ibadan (UI), Ibadan, Oyo State, Prof Isaac Adewole, has said dearth of data is among the greatest challenges stunting Nigeria’s socio-economic development . Prof Adewole spoke yesterday in Ibadan at the launch/fundraising ceremony for the Prof. Adegoke Olubunmmo International Centre at Trenchard Hall of the university. The centre was named after Prof. Olubunmmo, the first professor of Mathematics in Nigeria. Adewole noted that Nigeria lacked vital figures and data without which the nation cannot progress. He said: “The government of a country cannot adequately plan for its citizens without reliable data on important socio-economic indices. In this country, this is where the greatest challenge to development lies. Reliable data would enable policy makers to plan and make important decisions for the country’s development.” The vice chancellor said the establishment of the centre would enable the nation to train people in Modelling Mathematics and Statistics. Prof Adewole said: “If the United States (U.S) can have seven mathematical centres, why can’t Nigeria have one? Children no longer want to study Mathematics. But this centre will lure them to admire the subject. The centre will increase the impact of mathematical scienceson other disciplines and enable the mathematical sciences to respond to national needs and expand the talent base of those engaged in mathematical research in Nigeria.”

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