Brief History of the Department of Mathematics

The department came into existence in 1976 with Professor E.A. Bangudu 
(then Dr. E.A Bangudu) as its acting head and Professor P.Onumanyi 
(then Mr. Onumanyi) as a graduate assistant. 

Between 1978 and 1984 the department enjoyed the services of six expatriates among whom was Professor Singha who then headed the department in substantive capacity. During this period, the department also fully utilized the Staff Development Programme of the University which enabled all its newly employed graduate assistants to obtain higher degree qualifications.

The foundation students of the department came into residence on Saturday, October 23, 1976 and academic activities commenced the following Monday.
From a staff strength of about three initially, the current teaching staff strength of the department is fifteen.

Some staff of the department who at one time or the other has been a Dean in the University include:
Prof. M. A. Ibiejugba   Dean PG School  (1991-1995)
Prof. T. O. Opoola  Dean of Science (2001-2006) 
Prof. J. A. Gbadeyan  Dean PG School (2005-Date)
 The syllabus for the Undergraduate Mathematics Programme which was drawn up in 
1976 has since then undergone four reviews. The present syllabus, in addition to fully 
satisfying the minimum academic standard required by the National Universities. 
Commission, includes several other courses and topics.
 It is worthy to note that in 1978, the department of Statistics was carved out of the  
department. Later the Computer Science Programme, which was housed in the 
department since 1992, became a full fledge department in 2004.

Philosophy and Objectives of the Department of Mathematics 
The philosophy of the department is to produce graduates who are well-trained in all facets of Mathematics with the main purpose of meeting national needs in the area  of  technological advancement which is currently a global concern. Problem appreciation is located in the concrete objective of the Nigerian situation and cultural milieu.

The objectives of the department are :
i. To train students to be self-reliant in their chosen field of Mathematics.
ii. To produce students who are adequately prepared for postgraduate work.
iii. To produce Mathematicians who can readily impart their knowledge to students at lower levels of education.
iv. Development of self-confidence in handling problems with minimal or  no supervision.
v.  To train students to develop confidence in appreciating and solving problems in general.
vi. To produce students with good educational foundation for a range of career in public service, industries and commerce.
vii. To produce Mathematicians that can be self-employed