Brief History

The department of statistics was formerly under the department of mathematics from 1960 until 1980 when the statistics department decided to be separate from the mathematics department. 
Statistics is a well-known course in the world which aids in all walks of life.Statistics is the science that deals with the collection and methods of handling data, including the organization and analysis of numerical information arising out of a systematic plan technically called research design which within the context of a specific study is characterized by a structure that yields answers to specific questions.
Statistics teaches one how to analyze, interpret, present and organize data.
Some terms commonly and freely used in Statistics, but which may not be properly understood by many are population, sample, parameter, statistic, random sample, random variable, sampling distributions, estimate, data, etc.

The department of statistics runs three (3) undergraduate programmes in Statistics and two (2) in actuarial Science.
The undergraduate programmes in Statistics include:
1. Single Major in Statistics: the student will read majority of courses in Statistics in conjunction with few University required courses
2. Major – Minor in Statistics: the student will read more (Major) Statistics courses and less (Minor) courses in Mathematics, Computer Science, Economics, Finance.
3. Combined Major in Statistics: Statistics courses (Major) can be combined with and courses (Major) in Mathematics, Computer Science, Economics, Finance.
The undergraduate programmes in Actuarial Science include:
1. Single Major in Actuarial Science: the student will read mostly Statistics and Actuarial science courses in conjunction with few University required courses.
2. Major-Minor in Actuarial Science: the student will read more Actuarial Science courses (Major) and fewer courses (MINOR) in Mathematics, Computer Science, Economics and Finance.
The graduate from our undergraduate programme can fit into the following:
• Developing econometrics, time series and forecasting models for determining the cause and effects of various socio-economic variables on society.
• Measuring and managing risk and uncertainty; and advising on investment.
• Designing financial contracts
• Teaching
• Serving as a pollster, demographer and market researcher.
• Developing theories in conjunction with psychologists.
• Consulting in design of experiments and analyses of data in the fields such as medicine, agriculture, environmental science, energy related studies, evaluation of new drugs in pharmacy, among several other fields.
• Proceed for graduate studies in order to increase their career opportunities.
The department offers masters programmes that are MSc.  and MPhil in Actuarial Science and MPhil in Statistics and also a Ph.D  programme in Statistics.The mission of the department is to provide excellent training in scientific data collection, data management, methods and procedures of data analysis. The philosophy is to concentrate learning and training activities on the art of probabilistic reasoning, that is, the logic and principles that should guide rational decision making under conditions of limited information and uncertainty. This philosophy equips our students with skills that all employers consider desirable. The expectation is that excellent training in Statistics will inspire rational decision making in all areas of social, commercial and scientific pursuits and minimize if not eliminate superstitious explanation.