By Felix Khanoba
The National Mathematical Centre (NMC) has pledged its readiness to strengthen existing relationship with the Nigerian Mathematical Society.
The Director General of the Centre, Prof. Promise Mebine stated this when the national officials of the Society led by its National President, Prof Bashir Ali paid him a courtesy visit at the Centre’s Parmanent site in Sheda Kwali, Abuja.
A statement signed by Dr Onyekachi Njoku, Deputy Controller, Information and Public Relations, which was made available to The AUTHORITY said Prof. Mebine stressed that the Centre would work with the Society in the development of Mathematics in the country.
He challenged the Society to design programs with incentives to attract students who would be ready to study mathematics from first degree to PhD level.
The Director General urged the Society to support the Centre in its efforts to overcome the challenges and phobia associated with the teaching learning and research in Mathematics.
Earlier, the President of the Nigerian Mathematical Society, NMS, Prof. Bashir Ali had decried the increasing rate at which new universities are springing up and being accredited and developed thereby increasing the need for mathematicians and mathematics teachers.
This, he said, would negatively impact on the quality of mathematics graduates produced in these universities.
He, therefore stressed the need for effective collaboration with the Centre so that both parties can achieve their common goals.
Prof. Bashir further noted that the Nigerian Mathematical Society (NMS) being a member of International Mathematics Union (IMU) promotes international cooperation and collaboration in the area of mathematics.
The NMS President therefore gave the assurance that the Society would support the Centre in the effort to achieve its mandate of developing effective teaching, learning and research in mathematics in the country.