President Buhari confers Nigerian National Order of Merit (NNOM) on three Professors.

Written by on February 9, 2022

President Muhammadu Buhari has conferred the Nigerian National Order of Merit (NNOM) for years 2020 and 2021 on three Nigerian scholars who had distinguished themselves in the field of medicine and science.

According to a statement signed by presidential spokesperson Femi Adesina, the President also expressed belief that Nigeria’s collective future rests on active participation in science and technology.

The Chairman Nigerian National Merit Award (NNMA) Governing Board, Professor Aku had announced that recipients of the prestigious award bestowed by Nigeria on its citizens for creative, intellectual and academic contributions that are of national and global importance receive a cash reward of N10 million each.

The recipients of the award are divided into four areas- Medicine, Science, Engineering and Technology, and the Humanities, including Education and Culture. The scholars include Dr. Oluyinka Olurotimi Olutoye, Medicine (2020); the late Professor Charles Ejike Chidume, Science (2020) and Professor Godwin O. Samuel Ekhaguere, Science (2021).

Mr. Adesina in the statement quoted the President telling the recipients to please endeavour at all times, to serve as beacons of hope and aspiration for the younger generation of Nigerians, reminding them that our survival and collective future as a nation ultimately rests on our being active participants in global developmental efforts, especially in science and technology

The Minister of Special Duties and Intergovernmental Affairs, Senator George Akume said the three intellectuals emerged winners for the 2020 and 2021 Award after the selection process, from the over 1,200 applications received by the NNOM Governing Board during the period under consideration.  

Ango Bally

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