Emmanuel Ugwu, a student of the University of Nigeria, Nzukka (UNN), came top at the just concluded statistics competition organized by Nigeria Statistical Association (NSA) in conjunction with National Mathematical Centre (NMC) organized for statistics students in Abuja.
A total of 60 final year students of statistics and 20 tertiary institutions participated in the competition that saw Ugwu emerged as the overall winner.
While speaking at the closing ceremony of the event, NSA president, Sidney Onyeagu, said the competition was aimed at rekindling the dwindling interest of students in statistics.
Also addressing the students, Stephen Onah, Director/Chief Executive, National Mathematical Centre (NMC) said the programme was aimed at stimulating the interest of undergraduates in statistics.
Onah said the exercise would also prepare students of statistics to better understand the difficult areas as well as improve their knowledge and confidence in the subject for any global competition.
“In pursuing its mandate, NMC has been organising similar competitions for students of mathematics from Nigerian Universities.
“Also the centre is trying to reactivate competition in computer science, which has been put off due to lack of facilities at the centre” he said.
The winner of the competition, Ugwu, attributed his success to determination, hard work and concentration on the subject area.