MAURICE OKAFOR writes that Dr Dikeoha Okwu, the inventor of ‘Dikeohamatics,’ a dramatized system of solving mathematics, has boasted that the ‘Mathematical geometric teaching aides’ he invented is comparable to ‘the Mathematical sets imported into country from China.
He is pleading with President Muhammadu Buhari led administration to partner with him so he can create millions of job for Nigerians through mass production of the equipment, thereby conserving the nation’s foreign exchange.
Dr Okwu, who studied Mathematics in University of California, Berkeley, California, USA, and thereafter lectured at Jos University, before devoting full time to his mathematical inventions lamented that several efforts he made to let previous administrations to look inwards and reason along with him were not put into practical terms, instead he was accorded with certificates of recognition over his ideas and inventions.
Speaking in Enugu, Dr Okwu urged the present administration under President Buhari to ginger patronage ‘Made in Nigeria goods’ and partner with indigenous inventors like him for advancement of ‘ home grown technology.
His words: “I am very confident that President Buhari in his second term will not engage ‘deaf Ministers’, those who will not answer calls on ideas and innovations for our collective efforts in nation building. The government must have to look inwards and utilize our own technology, for us to compete globally. Nigerian inventors are capable of advancing our own technology.”
He made emphasis that the study of Mathematics in our school system is the bedrock of advancing science and technology in Nigeria, stating that his invention ‘ Dikeohamatics’ is meant to let pupils and students play mathematics as games and by so doing develop love for the subject, instead of staying away from mathematics classes.
He stated: “This is a country clamouring for scientific development without basic knowledge of mathematics. The only way forward is to change our attitude to education because it is quarantining our Youths to entrepreneurial imbecility. I have written ten million games that can produce ten billion jobs.”
According to Dr Okwu, his fame with ‘Dikeohamatics’ has fetched him certificates of recognition and commendation from Nigeria Educational Research and Development Council, National Mathematical Center, Abuja, Nigeria School Sports Federation[NSSF],Federal Ministry of Education, Enugu State Ministry of Youth and Sports, Enugu state Post Primary Management Board[PPMB],Anambra state government etc., but currently seeking practical implementation of his inventions both in the economic and education sector of the nation’s economy.