As an integral part of the University, the Department of Mathematics/Statistics, as it is now known has an evolutionary trajectory, which is synonymous with the three-stage metamorphosis of the Institution. It started as the Department of Mathematics when the Institution was established as an Advanced Teacher Training College (TTC) in 1970.  The Department took off with 17 students and 4 lecturers. In 1975 the name of the Institution was changed to Rivers State College of Education. By this change, the status and structure of the Institution also changed. By Edict N0.1 of 25th February, 1975, Rivers State College of Education was statutorily empowered to award the Nigeria Certificate in Education (NCE) to students. Being one of the Departments in the then School of Natural and Applied Sciences, the Department of Mathematics trained students for the award of the NCE in affiliation with the University of Ibadan. Thus, the Department fielded 12 graduating students at the first graduation ceremony of Rivers State College of Education held in 1977, which involved four graduating sets.

In 1984, the Department was considered competent to train students for the award of the Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) in Mathematics. One student started this programme in 1984. The third stage of the metamorphosis of the Institution happened in 2009. In that year, the Institution was elevated to University status. The name accordingly then changed from Rivers State College of Education to Rivers State University of Education and later to Ignatius Ajuru University of Education.  The change also brought about structural changes. In consonance with the new status, the Department also then metamorphosed from the Department of Mathematics to the Department of Mathematics/Statistics in the Faculty of Natural and Applied Sciences.  Since 1984 when the B.Ed. Programme started, the Department has been training and graduating students, some coming out with First Class Honours degrees. In Fact, the best graduating student in the whole University in 2014 came from the Department of Mathematics/Statistics.

Ignatius Ajuru University of Education, IAUE had to inherit its Faculty of Natural and applied Sciences from its parent institution, Rivers State College of Education along with the latter’s pristine Department of Mathematics which had only NCE and the B.Ed programmes in Mathematics to bequeath to IAUE in 2009. Thus, the new University’s Department of Mathematics/Statistics inherited a B.Ed programme in Mathematics, not a B.Sc. programme. However, the Bachelor of Science in Mathematics (ie. B.Sc. in Mathematics) was filed as a new programme proposal with the NUC which graciously granted the necessary authorization for the mounting of the new requested programme, B.Sc. in Mathematics which now we field for NUC accreditation. Since the University so far has no distinct Department of Statistics, the Department of Mathematics/Statistics treats Statistics as a branch of Mathematics and just designates its undergraduate Mathematics Degree programme options as B.Sc.Ed in Mathematics and B.Sc. in Mathematics even where the undergraduate final year research project is decidedly a Statistics project.  


The Ignatius Ajuru University of Education (IAUE) Bachelor of Science in Education (Mathematics) and Bachelor of Science (Mathematics) programmes are designed and run with the philosophically sound intention to prepare a new breed of exquisite professional graduates of Mathematics (Pure & Applied) for service at the levels of basic education, comprehensive senior secondary education, the college of education NCE programmes, the polytechnic Diploma programmes and other industrial/commercial settings. It is reasonably expected then that in the contexts of NCE, ND or HND programmes, graduates of the IAUE B.Sc.Ed (Mathematics) and BSc (Mathematics) programmes will always be found worthy of their initial job appointments and still found capable of readily availing themselves of the employing organisation’s staff development programmes leading on to higher degrees in Mathematics Education and/or Mathematics as the job context may require in particular cases. The overall philosophy of the postgraduate programme in the department of Mathematics/Statistics is the training of Mathematics/Statistics professionals/scholars on the bases of design and implementation of research programmes to enhance, upgrade and add positive value to the human condition.


The following salient objectives of the IAUE BSc.Ed (Mathematics) and BSc(Mathematics) and programmes are to:

  1. prepare globally employable professional graduates BSc.Ed (Mathematics) for service in job positions and BSc Mathematics (Pure & Applied) for teaching in all formal educational programmes  which are not more advanced in mathematics content than  tasks demands than the standard university B.Sc. Ed (Mathematics) and BSc (Mathematics) programmes can satisfy.
  2. prepare globally employable professional graduates of mathematics for service in all formal job settings which are not more advanced in their mathematical task demands than the standard university B.Sc.Ed (Mathematics) and BSc (Mathematics) programme can satisfy.
  3. prepare professional graduate workers/teacher in Mathematics and Statistics who have acquired superior expertise in the pertinent practical skills/pedagogical, curricular and instructional knowledge and the right attitudinal complements;
  4. prepare graduate mathematics professionals who are very highly capable of adopting and implementing the ICT-supported scientific research approach to problem identification, definition, data acquisition analysis and resolution in the context of mathematics or statistics;
  5. prepare graduate mathematics science/education professionals who themselves can make very thoughtful, meaningful and workable contributions to current debates and discussions toward the realization of the innovative instructional strategies, methods, techniques and materials for promoting learning, research and public policy effectiveness particularly in government and industry;
  6. produce graduate education professionals in Mathematics and Statistics who can move up to benefit by related more advanced education in any of the mathematical science-based specializations at any academic or professional university graduate school;
  7. produce the millennial new breed of Mathematics graduates who can leverage on existing and emerging digital technologies to make theory, practice and research more of an exciting pleasurable experience than the abhorred drudgery  which mathematical and statistical problem-solving can easily become otherwise

The aims and objectives of postgraduate programmes Mathematics/Statistics are to:

Develop professional expertise of students.

Develop knowledgeable scholars who will provide leadership in professional practice and intellectual competence.

Produce scholars who are knowledgeable in and committed to the implementation of the National Policy on Education.

Develop competent researchers in mathematical theory and practice for the Nigerian educational and industrial system.

Empower scholars who can propel social change through researches both intellectually, in attitudes, skills, values and world views.

Produce mathematics scholars who can give Nigerian education a national identity while making it relevant in a global context.

Produce mathematics scholars who are committed to the transformation of educational delivery through effective application and utilization of ICT in both national and global context.

Provide mathematics scholars who would teach and provide leadership at different levels of higher education.

Produce scholars who would compete with similar scholars from any part of the world and carry out diverse research.

Produce educators with entrepreneurial skills in educational enterprise to enable them to be self – reliant and demonstrate high leadership qualities.

Staff Profile

S/N(Staff Names)Surname,Other names,First NamesGender Official E-mailQualification  RankSpecialty
1OJIMBA, DASO (2012),MSc.Ed (2002),PGD (1991), HND(1981).ReaderMathematics Education
2WONU, (2018),M.Ed (2012), MSc (2008),PGDE (2008), BSc (1998).TRCNSLMathematics Education
3GEORGE, NCHELEM (2015); M.Ed (2007), B.Ed (1996),NCE(1993)SLMathematics Education
4VICTOR-EDEMA, UYODHU,ngPhD (2021),MSc (2017),MSc (2009)BSc (2001).L1Applied Statistics
5GEORGE, (2019),MSc (2013),B.Ed (2004),NCE(1992)L1Applied Mathematics
6NWAGOR, (2019),MSc (2015),B.Sc.Ed (2000).NCE(1993)L1Applied Mathematics
7AMADI, (2022),MSc (2007),BSc (1998).L1Applied Mathematics
8JIM-GEORGE, FRIMABO (2007),BSc (1996).L1Applied Mathematics
9ZALMON, IBAAN, B.Ed(2006)L1Mathematics Education
10EKE, (2019),BSc (1997).ASLApplied Mathematics

Key: SL=Senior Lecturer,  L1=Lecturer I, ASL=Assistant Lecturer

Admission requirements

Bachelor of Science

To be eligible for admission into BSc.Ed (Mathematics) and BSc (Mathematics) programme, candidate must possess;

  • A minimum of five (5) ordinary level credit passes at not more than two sittings at the GCE/WAEC/NECO to include English Language, Mathematics and three (3) other subjects relevant to the candidates proposed course of study; or
  • Higher level qualifications such as GCE ‘A’ level or equivalents, NCE, ND, with the appropriate classification for Direct Entry admission, provided candidates also satisfy the general entry requirements for admission into the University.

Besides, at the departmental level, admission seeking candidates are required to possess:

  • A minimum of five (5) credit passes at SSCE (or its equivalent) to include English Language, Mathematics and any other (3) subjects selected from Further Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Computer Studies and Agricultural Science for UTME and
  • Two (2) ‘A’ level passes in pure and applied Mathematics and either Physics and/or Chemistry, NCE with credit passes in Mathematics and another science subject for Direct Entry.

Postgraduate Diploma (PGD)

The criteria for admission into the PGD in Mathematics/Statistics will be as follows:

  1. Graduates with minimum of Third-Class degree in Mathematics, Mathematics Education or Mathematics/Statistics related disciplines.
  2. Holders of Higher National Diploma (HND) with at least lower credit classification or its equivalent in related disciplines obtained from a recognized institution.  
  3. In addition to the above requirements, applicant must satisfy the “O” level requisite subjects, that is, five “O” level credit passes at not more than two sittings including English language and Mathematics and any other three (3) subjects preferably Further-Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and agricultural Science.

Master of Science (MSc)

Candidates for the Master of Science (MSc) in Mathematics/Statistics degree programme must have ONE of the following:

  1. A good first degree with honours in Mathematics or Statistics with a minimum of second class lower division
  2. A good first degree with honours in a non-education discipline with a minimum of second class lower division plus a PGD in Education from a recognised university and attained at credit level;
  3. HND with PGD at credit level
  4. In all cases candidates may be expected to undergo a selection process involving tests and or interviews.
  5. Evidence that each applicant meets the university’s matriculation requirements shall be ascertained.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

The criteria for admission into the PhD (Applied Mathematics or Applied Statistics)

  1. Every candidate must have a master’s degree with a CGPA of not less than 3.5 from a recognized university in a relevant discipline
  2. The University matriculation requirement must be satisfied.

Acting Head of Department

Personal Data

Surname: WONU

Other Names: Nduka

Highest Educational Qualification: PhD (Mathematics Education)

Date of Birth: 18th March, 1974

Nationality: Nigerian

State: Rivers State

Local Government Area: Emohua

Religion: Christianity                                                   

Marital Status: Married                                              

Contact Address: Department of Mathematics/Statistics,

Ignatius Ajuru University of Education,

P.M.B. 5047,  Rumuolumeni,  

Port Harcourt, Rivers State.


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