February 1, 2023 11:04 pm

Professor Chikezie Delivers ABSU 65th Inaugural Lecture, Stresses The Importance Of Statistics In Planning To Enhance Productivity

By Our Reporter

The 65th Inaugural Lecturer, Abia State University Uturu (ABSU), Professor David C. Chikezie has pushed the frontiers of what is known about statistics in modern times further, to cover every  area of life and therefore its importance in planning to enhance productivity. 

The erudite Professor of statistics, who disclosed this while delivering the 65th Inaugural Lecture of the University on the topic, “Statistics Everywhere: The Limitless Applications of Statistics in Life” at the University Auditorium, opined that Statistics as a full fledged Science that deals with collection and analysis of data for informed decisions, has wider application in every sphere of life, hence the conclusion that ‘Statistics is Everywhere’.  

He therefore recommends as follows:

– That Government at all levels must ensure they keep proper data bank which can be utilized for planning and policy decisions.

– That statisticians should be employed in Personnel, Exams and Records Departments of the University, so that from time to time; they will keep, mine and interrogate data for updates and useful purposes.

– The computer statistics centre of the University should assist students, staff and researchers in design and data analysis.

– And that statistics courses in other departments should be taught by experts and professionals and bear statistics course codes, rather than that of the department where it is located as a service course.

In his remarks the Chairman on the occasion and Vice-Chancellor, Distinguished Professor Onyemachi M. Ogbulu, commended the Inaugural Lecturer for making simple what has supposedly been assumed to be a difficult discipline and urged parents to encourage their children to explore the possibility of studying such courses like Statistics, which has job opportunities in virtually every area and sector of the economy.

The Vice-Chancellor stated that he has noted the recommendations made by the lecturer and his administration has commenced work in the area of ensuring that borrowed courses are taught by experts and the original course codes retained in the departments they service.

The Chairman Senate Ceremonials Committee and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (DVC) Administration, Professor Ogbonna Onuoha in a vote of thanks applauded the Vice-Chancellor for sustaining the Inaugural lecture series of the University even at most difficult times and thanked the Inaugural Lecturer for delivering an impactful lecture that is of global standard.

Highpoint of the 65th Inaugural Lecture were the appreciation of the Inaugural Lecturer by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Onyemachi M. Ogbulu, in company of a former Vice-Chancellor, Professor Chibuzor Ogbuagu and wife, Professor Stella Ogbuagu, admittance of the Inaugural Lecturer into the hall of Distinguished Professor of the University and presentation of gifts by different groups.

The entire University Management, academics within and outside the University, and other dignitaries grace the occasion.

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