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Mathematics can make Nigeria the Giant of Africa

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Mathematics education which is the bedrock of science and technology can truly make Nigeria the giant of Africa and the black race.

This is the view of Abiodun Ayodeji, the Marketing Manager of Promasidor Nigeria Limited, makers of Cowbell Milk brand, the sponsor of Cowbellpedia Secondary Schools Mathematics TV Quiz Show.

Ayodeji who was speaking to journalists in Lagos last weekend asserted that with Mathematics education, Nigeria can truly become the giant of Africa since modern development, technology and even commerce revolves around Mathematics.

He added that the objective of Cowbellpedia which is a brand asset of Cowbell Milk is to provide a platform to reward excellence in the subject area of Mathematics irrespective of economic and social strata.

This he said, was in line with the essence of the brand which is to provide affordable quality nutrition to every Nigerian Child.

According to him, Cowbellpedia has 3 major legs: Cowbellpedia Secondary Schools TV Quiz Show; Cowbellpedia Radio Maths Class and Cowbellpedia Mobile App that can be downloaded on Google Play store on android devices and App Store on Apple devices

“No nation can truly develop without a conscious investment and effort in Science and Innovation, and Mathematics is the bedrock of these two.

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Even in commerce, if you are doing a “Profit and Loss” statement, you need to be able to add and subtract…everything revolves around Mathematics.” Ayodeji said.

He disclosed that student enrolment has been increasing on a yearly basis and in 2019 a total of 56,073 students sat for Stage One examination of the competition.

This marks a 34 per cent increase over the 41,730 students who took part in the examination last year, when the registration format became strictly online.

Ayodeji acknowledged that this is a record entry in the history of the competition, adding that the brand’s top and bottom line has also moved in sympathy with this direction.

The competition he said, has also witnessed progressive increase in participation in the last four years, during which period 195,474 students had featured in the Stage One examinations.

Ayodeji equally maintained that the Cowbellpedia initiative has met its objectives.

These objectives are awakening the consciousness and interest in Mathematics amongst Junior and senior secondary school students in Nigeria; improving students’ performance in Mathematics Pan Nigeria, and creating a credible platform for identifying outstanding students and encouraging excellence in the subject area.

He stressed that over the last 21 years, the brand and the Nigerian child have gained a lot from the Cowbellpedia initiative, citing the example of Master Ayodeji Akinkuowo, the senior category winner of maiden edition of the Cowbellpedia Secondary Schools Mathematics TV Quiz Show who got a government scholarship to Russia, studying aeronautic engineering.

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“Another high point is Munachi Ernest-Eze who won the Junior Secondary School category in 2015. Two years later he won the Senior Secondary School category. It shows consistency”, he said.

He also stated that, in celebrating the 20th relationship between Cowbell and Mathematics, last year, Promasidor added some new dimensions to the Cowbellpedia initiative.

Some of these included the Cowbellpedia Academy in partnership with some foreign Universities and Professors aimed at driving support and interest in Mathematics by exposing selected students and teachers across the country to various teaching and learning techniques in achieving, sustaining and managing academic feats especially in Mathematics.

There is also a documentary, Milk of Kindness which focuses on the lives of Cowbellpedia participants and the impact the brand has on their lives and families.

“We have also increased significantly the total prize money in the last 5 years, the prize money is now ₦2M for the winner in each category and there are other cash prizes reward at each stage of the competition for students and teachers” Ayodeji said.

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Nestlé Partners LBS to Promote Fact-Based Reporting Among Journalists

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Nestlé, one of the largest food and beverage companies in Africa has partnered the Lagos Business School for the 2020 Advancing Nutrition, Health and Wellness (NHW) training.

The event was held in a bid to promote fact-based reporting among journalists to enable them improve fact-based reporting on nutrition, health and wellness.

According to the Corporate Communications and Public Affairs Manager of Nestlé Nigeria, Victoria Uwadoka, the intervention was to equip journalists to carry out this essential role.

The media training which was virtual indeed came at a critical time when the public needs to be well informed on nutrition health and wellness to help curtail the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria.

“The essence of this training is to provide a platform for journalists to acquire knowledge and skills to improve fact-based storytelling to help their audiences and consumers get the right information to make the right nutrition and lifestyle choices to promote a healthier lifestyle,” Nwadoka affirmed.

In his part, the Director of the LBS Sustainability Centre, Professor Chris Ogbechie noted that building the capacity of the media is key to Nigeria’s achievement of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, especially SDG3 – good health and well being.

“This is why LBS and Nestle Nigeria developed the Advancing NHW through the Media program to harness the impact the media can have through professional and innovative reporting on Nutrition Health and Wellness issues,” he added.

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Lagos State Acting Commissioner for Agriculture, Ms Abisola Olusanya inspects Imota Rice Mill

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The Acting Commissioner of Agriculture, Ms Abisola Olusanya was on an inspection visit to the Imota Rice Mill, Ikorodu today.

The Acting Commissioner’s visit to Imota was to inspect and gauge the level of progress of work done on the site – especially around equipment installation.

It is important to note that Civil work at the Rice Mill is already at about 85% completion, with just external work left to be completed.

 

Work is also ongoing on the casting of the treated water plants and the effluent treatment plant. Finishing touches are also being put on the VIP/Staff/Administrative buildings.

The installation of Mill lines is billed to commence by the end of this month.

Other parts of the construction work ongoing include the remaining 4 silos, boiler unit area and harvest dryers – all currently being assembled.

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How Vitafoam is responding to the COVID-19 fight

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Despite the huge challenge the COVID-19 pandemic is posing to businesses across the world and Nigeria, some corporate organisations are stepping up with laudable actions to support the government’s effort in the fight against the virus.

Vitafoam Nigeria Plc, one of the organisations that have responded to the fight, on Wednesday donated 100 units of mattresses and pillows to isolation centers through the Lagos State Government as the number of confirmed cases increases in Nigeria.

“As a Responsible Corporate Organization, we would also be playing our own part in fighting the spread as well as eradicating COVID-19, by giving out 100 units of Mattress and Pillows to the isolation centres through the Lagos State Government,” Vitafoam announced in a Twitter statement.

Nigeria presently has a total of 51 confirmed cases of COVID-19 – 48 are active, two have recovered while one death has been recorded.

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