Nigeria LNG Limited has reconstituted the Advisory Boards for The Nigeria Prize for Science and The Nigeria Prize for Literature following the outcome of the Stakeholders Engagement Forum it held in February.
A two-time Vice-Chancellor of University of Ibadan, Emeritus Professor Ayo Banjo will serve as the Chairman of the Literature Board. Deputy Chairman of the Board will be Dr Jerry Agada, President, Association of Nigerian Authors. The third member of the Board will be a representative of the Nigerian Academy of Letters.
Emeritus Professor of Community Medicine and former director of World Health Organisation (WHO), Umaru Shehu, will serve as the Chairman of the Science Board. President of the Academy of Science, Prof. Oye Ibidapo-Obe will serve as Deputy Chairman. Other members are Profs. Akinola Salau and Temitayo Shokunbi, both fellows of the Academy of Science and secretaries of the Physical Sciences and Biological Sciences respectively.
In deciding on Profs. Ayo Banjo and Umaru Shehu, NLNG is implementing the stakeholders’ decision to have a lean organisation headed by iconic Nigerians with unimpeachable integrity. Other members were nominated by the Nigerian Academy of Science, Association of Nigerian Authors and Nigerian Academy of Letters.
The prizes are awarded yearly to works of outstanding merit in literature and science. The organizers re-emphasize that, despite the changes, excellence remains the only criterion for the award of these prizes.