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Nigeria is the most populated country in Africa with an estimated population of approximately 140 million. It is made up of 36 states and a federal capital, called Abuja.

Nigeria’s debut into the field of Operations Research started with the University where courses in Operations Research were taught as part of modules for MBA programmes and Masters in Banking and Finance. University of Benin had the first Post-Graduate Programme in Industrial Mathematics which directly address OR as a field of study in 1980. Operations Research development had its quantum leap in 1986 when Prof. Eyitayo Lambo, former Minister for Health in Nigeria (1999 – 2007) started the Ph. D programme in Operations Research at the University of Ilorin.

The earliest contributors to the development of OR as a discipline in Nigeria include Professors B. Onimode, Joseph Funso Akingbade, A.A. Agbadudu, Eyitayo Lambo, A. Idama and Soyibo.

Nigeria’s foray at consummating an enduring OR professional body was made by Prof. Joseph Funso Akingbade in 1980 when Operational Research Club was formed at the University of Lagos. Further attempts had been made without success until late 2004 when the initiation that led to the establishment of the Institute for Operations Research of Nigeria was spearheaded by Abdulfatai Oyeyemi Lawal (Statistican, Professional Marketer, Manager and Tax Practitioner) with the following individuals: - Idris A. Adeyemi (Professional Marketer), Samuel O. Alabi (Educationist), Mrs. Risikat Titilayo Lawal (educationist) and Rasaki A. Jimoh (Psychologist).

The Institute commenced operation on Tuesday, 3rd January, 2006 but statutorily recognized under the laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on 4th July, 2006.

The Institute is a springboard for professionals in Operations Research in Nigeria to interact, develop the profession into a career path and advance its practice, method and application for improved systems performance in Nigeria.

It is also an avenue for training people on the general nature of operational research as a scientific approach to problem solving and decision making and the nature of the tools requires in this process.

Furthermore, the Institute is set out to provide a guide and advisory services to prospective entrepreneurs and subsisting organization with respect to intricacies in establishment, growth, and how to overcome all forms of constraints for improved operational performance.

Above all, this Institute recognizes facts as the basis for decisions and actions and those scientific facts which are based on evidence and verification are obtainable from Research, the systematic approach of science.

The law that established the Institute empowers it, to among other things;

  1. Develop, advance and give advisory services to person carrying out research;
  2. Advance the best practice amongst clients of the Institute and the public in the field of Research;
  3. Develop and promote the knowledge, value and specialized skills in Operations Research.
  4. Organize seminars, workshops and establish training centers for clients in the area of Operations Research.
  5. Research, write and publish Articles, Journals, Magazines and Books for the advancement of Operations Research practice.

The importance of the law that governs this Institute empowers it to induct and equip all its clients with the knowledge, skills and professional ethics needed to pursue successful career as corporate executives, private practitioners or academic scholars making use of research findings or data. Other issues relating to the real existence of the Institute are contained in the Memorandum and Articles of Association.

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