The Federal Government is planning to spend $3.4m to encourage research and development in Mathematics.
The Director/Chief Executive, National Mathematical Centre, Prof. Adewale Solarin, stated this at a workshop in Abuja.
The project, entitled ‘UNESCO Chair Programme’ and sponsored by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, would be domiciled at NMC.
Solarin said, “There are less than 30 Mathematics professors in Nigerian universities. The programme will encourage more research, development and high-level work force training in Algebra. The $3.4m would be spread over four years.
“It is common knowledge that Algebra is one of the five basic areas of Mathematics that is compulsory for the training of Mathematicians at the undergraduate level. It is also a fact that there is a dearth of specialists to handle this basic area of Mathematics in almost all Nigerian universities. For now, in most of the universities, non-experts are used to teach Algebra since all pupils must take and pass the course before they can graduate.”
He expressed optimism that the programme would promote a com