Dr. Abdulkarim M. Umar
Ag. H O D

At the inception of the University, 2001/2002 Academic Session, the Department started with a single programme (B.Sc. Mathematics). Five (5) students were admitted into the Department as pioneer students with five (5) members of staff. During the following session, 2002/2003, a proposal to introduce two (2) additional options i.e. B.Sc. Computer Science and B.Sc. Statistics was presented by the Department to the University Senate. This prayer was granted and options approved. The three Options (Units) became Department of Mathematical Sciences. By 2003/2004 Academic Session, the Department admitted students into the three (3) options through UME and DE.


  • Ph.D. Mathematics (Applied)
  • Ph.D. Mathematics (Pure And Applied)
  • M.Phil./Ph.D. Mathematics (Pure And Applied)
  • M.Sc. Mathematics (Applied)
  • M.Sc. Mathematics (Pure And Applied)
  • B.Sc Mathematics 

A Professor of Mathematics, Prof. Ibijiola joined the Department during the 2002/2003 Academic Session and chaired the Department for the 2003/2004 Academic Session. The Professor withdrew his service from the University at the end of that session.

The Department started with a Laboratory hosting only four (4) computer systems and later had two main Laboratories: A and B with 13 and 24 computer systems respectively. The full-time staff strength of the Department then was spread around the three (3) Units (Options) with a Visiting Professor from the National Mathematical Centre, Abuja, Prof. Peter Onumanyi. To meet the challenges of new session, another Professor was offered a sabbatical appointment and two (2) other Senior Academic Staff on visiting status.

As the three Units grew, the need to have three separate departments arose. Consequently, a proposal for splitting of the Department of Mathematical Sciences into full-fledge three (3) separate departments was forwarded to the University Senate and an approval was granted. In order to formally operate as three (3) separate departments, the Management forwarded the proposal for splitting of the Department of Mathematical Sciences programmes into three separate departments: Mathematics, Computer Science and Statistics to the National Universities Commission (NUC). Consequently, the NUC Resource Assessment Visit for the Proposed Academic Programmes was carried out, and approval to establish the full-time mode of the undergraduate academic programme(s) to be run on the Main Campus of the University with effect from 2017/2018 Academic Session was granted by the NUC on 22nd November, 2017. The Department of Mathematics after given birth to two other departments is now on its own.

 The Department of Mathematics, Faculty of Natural and Applied Sciences at Nasarawa State University, Keffi strives to give to the students a high-quality education in the mathematical sciences. The Department offers B.Sc. programmes in Mathematics. Each of these areas further provides concentration in sub-areas that students may choose from depending on their interest. The Department serves the needs of the students throughout Nigeria by offering programmes that prepare them with applied knowledge and practical skills in the Mathematical Sciences. It also promote critical thinking, creative problem solving and helps them develop effective communication and entrepreneurial skills.

As part of this mission, the lecturers engage in applied, integrative, collaborative and pedagogical scholarship.

Mathematics, of course is at the core of science and the bedrock of scientific development. The B.Sc. degree programme in Mathematics is designed with core courses which provide breadth and depth in the field together with well-structured applied component. The programme includes courses in statistics, physics, chemistry, computer science as well as general education requirement in the humanities

Core courses for the B.Sc. programme in Mathematics include Abstract Algebra, Real analysis, Topology, Functional analysis, Ordinary differential equation and Numerical analysis. The programme is so structured that it strikes a balance between theoretical core courses covering in large part Pure Mathematics and Applied Mathematics. The Mathematics curriculum in the Department of Mathematics is designed to give students a very strong foundation in every area of mathematics and prepare them for future success in graduate school as well as in industry.

List of Head of Departments (from 2002 – till date)

  1. Prof. J. Fatokun (2002)
  2. Prof. Ibijola (2003)
  3. Prof. J. Fatokun (2003 – 2006)
  4. Prof. A.R. Kimbir (2007- 2009)
  5. Prof. Shehu Farinwata (2009 – 2010)
  6. Prof. J. O. Fatokun (2010 – 2012)
  7. Prof. N. N. Agu (2012 – 2014)
  8. Prof. M. B. Hammawa (2015 – 2016)   
  9. Dr.. H. K. Oduwole (2016 – 2017)
  10. Prof. M. Y. Balla
  11. Prof. M. A. Umar (2019 – till date)
Departmental Board

The Departmental Board is made up of all lecturers in the Department except Graduate Assistant  with the Head of Department as the Chairman. The Departmental Board organizes and controls the teaching of all courses in the Department and the examination held in those courses.

Name Portfolio
Head of Department (HOD) Chairman
All Academic Staff (Except Graduate Assistant) Member

Entry Requirements

A successful candidate from the Preliminary Department of the Nasarawa State University must have among others the following grades at the end of one year Preliminary programme before being admitted into the Department of Mathematics:

  1. A minimum of B in Mathematics
  2. A minimum of C in Physics and Chemistry
  3. An attempt of the Biology courses
  1. Candidates must satisfy the general minimum University and Faculty entry requirements of a minimum of five O level credits including Mathematics and English Language and three other Credit pass from the Core sciences.
  2. Special requirements for the programme are Credit passes in Mathematics, English Language, Physics and any other two from Chemistry, Biology, Agricultural Science, Economics, Geography and Further Mathematics. Candidates with good passes in A/Level (or equivalent) in Mathematics, Physics and any other subject may be admitted.


Mathematics and any two of Physics, Chemistry and Economics or Geography

English Language

English Language

Staff Profile
S/No Name Rank Institutional E-mail
1 Elijah Dika Msheliaq Professor elijahdikamsheliaq@nsuk.edu.ng
2 Abdulkarim Umar M Associate Professor abdulkarimum@nsuk.edu.ng
3 Oduwole Kehinde Henry Associate Professor oduwolekh@nsuk.edu.ng
4 Ogwola Peter Senior Lecturer ogwolapeter@nsuk.edu.ng
5 Ndakwo Hussaini Salihu Lecturer I ndakwohs@nsuk.edu.ng
6 Adegoke K.G. Lecturer I adegokegk@nsuk.edu.ng
7 Shehu Sanusi Lalin Lecturer I shehuslalin@nsuk.edu.ng
8 Nuhu Tsaku Lecturer II nuhutsaku@nsuk.edu.ng
9 Abdullahi Salihu Audu Lecturer II abdullahisaudu@nsuk.edu.ng
10 Fatima Isiaka Lecturer II isiakafatima@nsuk.edu.ng
11 Isah Suleiman Hamza Lecturer II isahsuleimanhamza@nsuk.edu.ng
12 Mustafa Ahmed Umar Lecturer II mustafha1@nsuk.edu.ng
13 Binyamin Adeniyi Lecturer II badeniyiajayi@nsuk.edu.ng
14 Mansur K. DanKaura Assistant Lecturer mansurk.dankaura@nsuk.edu.ng
15 Sulayman Muhammad Bello Assistant Lecturer sulaymanbello@nsuk.edu.ng
16 Obianuju Maka Assistant Lecturer obianujumaka@nsuk.edu.ng
17 Emmanuel Anna Ladi Assistant Lecturer ------
18 Audu Alogla Monday Graduate Assistant ------
19 Aliyu Muhammad Alhaji Graduate Assistant ------

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