The National Mathematics competition has come and gone, with emerging winners to compete in the international Olympaids. Ruth Tene Natsa was there to cover the unveiling of the 2013 winners.
Twelve years-old Oomisha Rastogi of Indian Language School, representing Lagos state, has emerged winner of 2013 Annual National Mathematics Competition with a total score of 97.856 points, followed by Imo and Rivers states scoring 96,996 and 96,824 respectively.
Expressing herself after being announced winner, Oomisha said she started preparing for the competition since December 2012 and feels very happy and on top of the world. It feels very amazing, it feels good", she says.
Oomisha says her life ambitions are to be a "dancer or a doctor. Anyone" when asked what she would love to become after winning the competition, adding that her winning N100,000 aside the scholarship and full tuition will be used to purchase a cell phone for herself".
The 4th position winner from Premier School, Abuja had a total of 95,410 points, 5th had 95,243 from Blooms Academy, Abuja, Montessori International School came 6th with 95.194 from Rivers state ,Premier International School, Abuja came 7th with 94.897, while LGEA Standards School from Kogi and Mount Olive School from Anambra both took the 8th position with 94.680 points respectively and Abuja again took the 10th position with 94.298 points.
The 10 overall winners of the competition are to enjoy full scholarships for 6 years. While the first 7 will enjoy full tuition and scholarship courtesy of the NTIC, the last three are to enjoy the same scholarship at the International Science Academy (IMSA) sponsored by the National Mathematical Centre.
At the presentation of the awards, 28 students won bronze medals, 20 won silver medals and 10 won gold medals courtesy of the NTIC and NMC respectively
Director of the National Mathematical Centre (NMC) Prof. Adewale Solarin, represented by Head of International Olympiad, Nigeria, Steve Olawol,e commended the passion of the NTIC in contributing to the study of Mathematics and other fields of education in Nigeria.
Proffessor Solarin had earlier said, "This competition enables us to discover bright students of the future when they are just in primary 5&6. We need to reach these pupils in the young ages to train them for International Mathematics Olympiads. They will be the future representatives of Nigeria in various international competitions".
He maintained that the NMC will for the second time, host the Pan African Mathematics Olympiad (PAMO) with 54 African Countries in attendance
It is to be recalled that the Nigeria Turkish International College (NTIC), in collaboration with the National Mathematics Centre, on Saturday, February 16, held its 10th annual mathematics l competition which held simultaneously across the 36 states of the federation including the FCT with over 25,000 participants.
At the presentation of awards to the winners, newly appointed Turkish Ambassador to Nigeria, Mustapha Pulat, revealed that Turkey envisages a joint economic meeting as soon as possible to ensure better diplomatic ties.
Speaking with journalists at the Presentation of awards to the winners of the National Mathematics Competition organised by the Nigeria Turkish International Colleges (NTIC) in collaboration with the National Mathematics Centre (NMC), which held in Abuja on Saturday, March 2nd, 2013, he said, "Our target is to have a joint economic meeting and an international forum were the Turkish Minister of Economy will be expected to come"
He said, "Our relations are excellent, but my duty is to further enhance bilateral ties. We have made certain targets and agreements, some of which are in the process of ratification either in Turkey or in Nigeria. We also have some important bilateral agreements that were negotiated but are still pending. So, I will put more emphasis on the conclusion of these because these are the keys that lay the legal frameworks for our business and our people to do more".
The Ambassador maintained that his priority will be to facilitate and encourage high level visits which had taken place in the past, but maintained there was need to keep up the momentum, adding that, he was still waiting to present his papers to President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.
Speaking at the presentation of the awards, the ambassador noted that mathematics is a fundamental foundation of science subjects which transcends to many other facets of life, adding that kids as the future of any nation, if properly prepared can become great scientists in the future.
Speaking with LEADERSHIP, coordinator of the competition, Yunus ESENCAYI, said the essence of the competition, "Was to encourage pupils enjoy the learning of mathematics without the inherent fear and boredom already associated with it".
He said, "pupils should enjoy and see how they can take advantage of enjoying mathematics. Normally, in other science subjects such as physics, there are experiments and people can see, but in mathematics, people may think there are no experiments except theories, but that is not so and a maths teacher teaching trigonometry can take the students outside and make mathematical experiments that will make it easy for the students to comprehend.