By Laide Akinboade
ABUJA—President Goodluck Jonathan has awards Professor Niyi Osundare 2014 Nigerian National Order of Merit, NNOM.
Chairman of the Governing Board of Nigerian National Merit Award, NNMA, Prof. Etim Essien, made the announcement yesterday in Abuja.
He described NNOM as a separate Order of Dignity in the high honours category, meant for intellectual of note who made outstanding original contributions in his or her area of knowledge.
Prof. Essien said: “One result of situation was that various Nigerian scholars tended to concentrate their researches on problems and issues which were not usually directly relevant to the needs and aspirations of the country.
“Therefore, the establishment of the Nigerian National Merit Award Scheme, as Nigeria’s highest and most prestigious prize for outstanding intellectual and academic attainment has encouraged a highly significant number of the best Nigerian minds to seek accolades at home.”