UNN student wins national statistics competition


The University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN) has won the Nigeria Statistical Association (NSA) competition organised for undergraduates of statistics.


Emmanuel Ugwu came overall best out of 60 final year students of statistics who participated in the competition held at National Mathematical Centre (NMC) on Friday in Abuja.


NAN reports that 20 tertiary institutions participated in the competition.


In his address, Sidney Onyeagu, NSA president, said the competition which was centred on probability distribution was aimed at rekindling the interest of students in statistics.


Onyeagu observed that the competition would further build the students’ interest in statistics, as a career prospect as well as improve on their communication and knowledge in certain difficult areas of statistics.


Stephen Onah, director/chief executive, 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,” he said.


“Also the centre is trying to reactivate competition in computer science, which has been put off due to lack of facilities at the centre.”


The winner of the competition, Ugwu, attributed his success to determination, hard work and concentration on the subject area.





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