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Forum offers scholarship to global Mathematics championship winner

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As part of efforts to promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education, Founder and Director, Digital World Forum (DWF), Engr. Ajibola Abiola, has offered a training scholarship on Robotics and Artificial Intelligence (AI) to the winner of the Global
Mathematics Championship, Faith Odunsi.

Global Mathematics Championship is an annual global competition organised by Cowbellpedia, while Robotics and Artificial Intelligence Nigeria (RAIN), an Ibadan-based Robotics Company, sponsored the scholarship.

At the presentation ceremony at Odunsi’s school, Ambassadors College, Ota, Ogun State, Abiola, who was a former Director, National Broadcast Academy (NBA), a training arm of the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN), described Odunsi as a genius in the class of Isaac Newton and Pythagoras, who had not only made the ladyfolk very proud but Nigerians and Africa at large.

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He lamented that Nigeria had remained backwards technology-wise because needed investment, support and attention meant for young talents in science and technology had been jettisoned.

He said: “Nigeria cannot compete with developed economies, not because of colour nor any other thing, but because we have relegated science and technology by not giving enough attention to STEM as well as not celebrating champions emerging from the sector.

“If Nigeria has attained the much-needed height in science and technology, our country would have been able to transform natural resources, especially the solid minerals into exportable products.”

He maintained that the perennial negligence and relegation of science and technology was the reason for Nigeria’s economic backwardness, noting that every developed economy placed priority on science and technology with huge investment.”

On her part, Faith Odunsi expressed gratitude to DWF and her school for the offer and opportunity to participate in the competition.
She urged the federal and states government to give young people the necessary support to compete strongly with their counterparts globally in the field of science and technology.

The 15-year old senior secondary school said: “I want to be an Information Communication Technology (ICT) Engineer. I urge government at all levels to provide us with the necessary support here in Nigeria rather than us travelling abroad to study. It is not ideal if we keep travelling abroad to seek quality education.”

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