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Wondering Why Boys Do Better in Mathematics (Read)

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A medical doctor, Afolabi Odunsi, has opined that the reasons boys do better in mathematics and sciences are because girls lack encouragement.

Odunsi, who was the guest speaker at the prize-giving programme of a mathematics competition organised by Ambassadors Schools, Ota recently, advised teachers to encourage girls to embrace mathematics and the sciences and take up careers in those fields.

Speaking on the theme, ‘Driving Social Change through Mathematics’, Odunsi said there was evidence-based research that girls had the cognitive ability to compete with boys in the sciences, if encouraged.

He said, “Among the past winners of this competition, only two were girls.  Also, there were only two girls among the top-10.  Science has found that the girl-child is not inferior to the boy.  All the girl-child needs is encouragement and opportunity.

“About 30 years ago, 70 per cent of medical graduates were men.  But with encouragement, it is now about 50-50.  There is advancing knowledge of mathematics for the girl child, but it is still capping off at a particular level.  Today, we may have a 50-50 ratio of male and female doctors, but when it comes to specialisation it is 70-30.  Just about five per cent of spine surgeons in North America are females.”

The doctor urged teachers to encourage girls to embrace mathematics by motivating them and providing incentives.

“For teachers who are here, to improve their girls, create education projects; introduce females to role models who have excelled in Mathematics and emphasise positive values associated with careers in

Mathematics. Tell them about special incentives,” he said.

A total of 381 schools participated in the competition aimed at eliminating the phobia for Mathematics among primary school pupils.  The top 50 participants, their teachers and schools, were rewarded with cash and gift.

Nine-year-old Aruna Omogoriola, of Giant Stride Nursery and Primary School, Ota, won the grand prize of N500,000.

He scored a total of 82 per cent from the three stages of the competition which featured written and oral speed examinations. His teacher, Mr Issa Moses got N150,000, while the school got a laptop, printer and plaque.

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Man Kills Self in Rivers After Lover Ended Relationship

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A middle-aged man, popularly known as Tailor, has committed suicide after his lover allegedly jilted him in Rivers State.

The incident, it was learnt, happened around 10pm on Saturday at Omuokiri village, Aluu community, in the Ikwerre Local Government Area of the state.

It was gathered that the victim hung himself in the night after his lover abruptly ended their relationship.

An eyewitness, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the man hailed from Kogi State, but lived in Aluu community, where he sew clothes for people.

The eyewitness added that the late tailor’s lover, whose name had yet to be ascertained, ended their relationship for reasons yet unknown after she visited him.

The source stated that neighbours tried to prevail on the lady to reconsider her decision to no avail, as she insisted on packing her belongings from the man’s apartment.

The source said, “The incident happened last night (Saturday). The young man was with his lover in the room when the problem started.

“The lady said she was no longer interested in the relationship. She packed her things and left the house. It was later that one of our neighbours found out that tailor had hung himself.

“As I speak to you, there is trouble in the compound, because the people of Aluu said what the tailor did was a taboo in the community. They have locked the gate and asked everybody to pack out till traditional cleansing is done in the compound.”

When contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Nnamdi Omoni, confirmed the incident, adding that the police were investigating the circumstances that lead to the man’s death.

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Bandits Kill 13 Family Members, One Other in Kogi

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Fourteen people, including 13 members of the same family were killed in an early morning attack by suspected bandits on Wednesday in Agudu, in the Kogi/Kotonkarfe Local Government Area of Kogi State.

The state Commissioner of Police, Ede Ayuba, while briefing journalists on the activities of the command, said “the 13 family members were wiped out” by the attackers, adding that another person was killed, while six persons sustained injuries.

He said when the police got to the village, the bandits had left, adding that normalcy had been restored to the area.

The CP, who noted that the attack could have been triggered by age-long communal disputes in the community, described it as unfortunate.

He said, “A man and 12 family members were killed. His son is the only survivor. Another person was killed, while those injured have been taken to  the hospital.”

The police boss further disclosed that the killers of the late Innocent Ofodile, owner of popular Chuck’s Supermarket in Lokoja, who was murdered on Lokoja-Abuja Road, had been arrested.

He explained that one Vincent Omogor, who was arrested for kidnapping, confessed that he and his gang members were responsible for the killing of Offodile.

The CP said the gang carried out the killing “on the order of one of his shop attendants, who complained of not being attended to when he approached him for financial assistance when his father died.”

Meanwhile, parading 23 other criminals, the command’s Public Relations Officer, DSP William Aya, said the hoodlums were picked from different parts of the state.

The PPRO explained that the suspects were arrested for armed robbery, banditry, kidnapping, and possession of illegal firearms, among other crimes.

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‘I Have Killed Five Kidnap Victims’

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A suspected member of a kidnap gang, Musa Umar, has narrated his role as the executioner of the criminal group.

Umar, 22, was paraded alongside his gang members and other suspects in Abuja on Wednesday by the Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Frank Mba.

The suspect revealed that he joined the gang in Kaduna about three years ago, adding that his duty was to kill kidnap victims.

The suspect, who spoke in Hausa, disclosed that he had so far killed three men and two women, all from Katsina State.

Speaking through an interpreter, he said, “I am a farmer and also a kidnapper. I was engaged to kill victims by my gang members and so far, I have killed five persons. They comprised three men and two women, and they were all from Katsina State.”

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