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.
Man, 56, Defiles Neighbour’s 10-Year-Old Girl, Remanded
An Ikeja Magistrates’ Court on Thursday remanded a 56-year-old estate agent, Lawal Taiwo, in the Kirikiri Custodial Centre for allegedly defiling his neighbour’s 10-year-old daughter.
The magistrate, Mrs B.O. Osunsanmi, who did not take the plea of the defendant, ordered that the case file be forwarded to the Director of Public Prosecutions for legal advice.
Taiwo, who resides at Iju-Ishaga, Lagos, is being tried for defilement.
The News Agency of Nigeria reported that the police prosecutor, ASP Ezekiel Ayorinde, told the court that the defendant committed the offence at his house in September 2018.
He said the defendant unlawfully had carnal knowledge of the girl.
“The defendant called the girl into his room when he discovered that her parents had gone out and had sexual intercourse with her.
“He threatened to kill the girl if she told her parents,” he said.
The prosecutor said the victim, however, told her friend’s mother, who in turn, informed her mother.
“When the parents interrogated their daughter, she told them that the defendant had defiled her on three occasions.
“The parents of the victim reported the case to the police, leading to the arrest of the defendant,” the prosecutor said.
Defilement violates Section 137 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015, and is punishable with up to life imprisonment.
Osunsanmi adjourned the case till March 16 for mention.
Father’s Attempt to Smuggle Hard Drug to Detained Son Quashed by EFCC
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has arrested a 60-year-old fish-farmer, Muyiwa Otulayo, for attempting to smuggle substance believed to be hard drug to his detained son, Damilola.
Otulayo is currently in the commission’s detention at the Ibadan zonal office.
The older Otulayo was on the premises of the EFCC in Ibadan on Monday, February 17, supposedly on a visit to his son.
However, while discussing with the son, an officer of the commission noticed that he handed over a sachet of drugs to him.
The drug was taken from him and kept as an exhibit.
The in-house nurse, who examined the content, confirmed that it was Rohypnol, a tranquillizer, used under strict prescription for the treatment of severe insomnia and assist in anaesthesia.
The drug, according to experts, contains high sedative effect and is rarely used except when prescribed by licensed medical officers.
The younger Otulayo was recently arrested after a criminal case of money laundering, detected in the United Kingdom, was reported against him.
The case, involving the sum of £45,000, was said to be a part of a wider amount (about £500,000) for which he was declared wanted by the London’s Metropolitan Police.
He is on the wanted list of the International Police before the petition was filed at the Ibadan Zonal Office of the EFCC.
It was learnt that officers of the Interpol were already in touch with the commission in respect of the said case.
Further investigations are said to be ongoing on the case.
The commission added that the suspect (older Otulayo) would be handed over to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency for prosecution.
Kidnappers Abduct Another 12 Travellers in Kogi, Demand N30m
The Kogi State Police Command has confirmed the abduction of another set of 12 persons in Itobe/Ajegu community in the Ofu Local Government Area.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP William Aya, said the victims were travelling from Warri in a Toyota Hiace bus when they were abducted.
He, however, said that the number of victims had yet to be ascertained.
A source told our correspondent that the kidnappers had demanded N30m ransom to free the victims.
He said, “The victims boarded a Toyota Hiace bus belonging to Eleojo Transport Service with number plate KSF 19 XZ from Warri in Delta State on Sunday with 16 passengers heading to Anyigba in the Dekina LGA of the state.”
The source also said four of the passengers alighted at Okene, leaving 12 persons in the car, including the driver.
The vehicle was said to have run into the kidnappers between Itobe and Ajegu in the Ofu LGA, Kogi State.
The driver reportedly escaped and went to the Police at Itobe division to report the incident.
Recall that on Sunday around six o’clock, six passengers were abducted along Lokoja-Kabba road in the state.