“Yes, Mathematics is Relevant in any Industry” – Okonya

“Yes, Mathematics is Relevant in any Industry” – Okonya


Of what relevance are algebra and mathematical theorems? How can I apply mathematical analysis to real life situations? Is my career path as a mathematician, restricted to teaching? Where can I fit in after graduation?

Answers to these, and many other bugging questions that often agitate the mind of students studying Mathematics, were provided at the Town and Gown Interaction, organised by the Department of Mathematics, Covenant University on Monday, October 5, 2015.

The Guest Speaker and Dealer Analyst, South-South, Etisalat Nigeria Limited, Mr Emmanuel Okonya, answered the queries of the students while speaking on “The Relevance of Mathematics in the Telecommunications Industry,” at the programme.

Mr Okonya mentioned the uses of Mathematics in areas within commercial sales, which include sales forecast, performance analysis, distribution partner incentive structure, flagship collections and sales reporting, as well as business intelligence.

He also listed job roles that require Mathematics. These are sales analysis, business intelligence unit, incentive and performance management, finance, commercial planning unit, RF and optimisation engineering as well as flagship collection and reconciliation.

The guest speaker explained further that working in a Business Intelligence Team is a premier opportunity to develop a career in business and big data analytics. He added that, Business Intelligence Analysts who enjoy coding and critical thinking are strong in quantitative analysis.

Mr Okonya explained the relevance of Mathematics in business intelligence. This includes consulting with internal customers to develop analyses that lead to actionable insights that accelerate profitable growth. It also includes gathering data from multiple sources to create integrated views that can be used to drive decision making among others.

He enjoined the students to ensure they graduate with good grades, which he said would give them an advantage when seeking employment.

The Head of Department, Mathematics, Dr Alfred Owoloko, noted that the Town and Gown Interaction was designed to help the students acquire relevant knowledge about the industry. He advised them to develop their skills and take advantage of available training in the University in order to be relevant after graduation.

Also in attendance were the former HOD, Mathematics, Professor Iyase, Dr Sheila Bishop, Dr Timothy Anake, Dr Michael Agarana and other faculty, staff and students of the Department.