Thursday, 22 February 2018

National News

Buhari Decorates Adesina, Onobrakpeya With Highest Academic Awards

President Muhammadu Buhari has decorated two prominent Nigerians, Prof Adesoji Adesina and Mr Bruce Onobrakpeya with the Nigerian National Order of Merit (NNOM).

NNOM is an academic award conferred on distinguished academicians and intellectuals who have made outstanding contributions to the academic growth and development of Nigeria.

The event which took place on Thursday, December 7, 2017, in the executive chamber of the Presidential Villa was performed on the President’s behalf by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

Prof. Adesina was recognized for his research work in engineering technology, while Mr Onobrakpeya was honoured for his creativity in arts and humanities spanning more than 60 years.

The President noted that the awardees distinguished themselves in their various disciplines, adding that the award was the highest bestowed on an individual by the country for the intellectual achievement of national and global importance.

He noted that the awardees brought to 75 the number of such recipients since its introduction 38 years ago, and the recipients epitomized the highest degree of innovation and creativity, adding that Prof Adesina developed many chemical materials, as well as trained many graduates including 42 PhD alumni now Professors in highly ranked Institutions and petrochemical industries.

President Buhari noted that Mr Onobrakpeya, since pre-independence, projected the African personality, propagated the concept of natural synthesis and advocated important social causes through arts, adding that Mr Onobrakpeya had shown that the artist was not just an entertainer but also a social commentator.

The President commended the board of the NNOM Awards and the assessors for a job well done and urged them not to rest on their oars. Accordingly, he promised that the administration would study the recommendations in the communiqué of the annual forum of the laureates and would continue to support the development of research innovation capacity.

The President noted that Nigeria is a nation of great people and talent noting that the nation’s human capital “is the greatest resource that we have, not our crude oil or solid minerals or land’’.

He said that posterity called on the Nigerian elite, intellectual and religious leaders to ensure that the human resource did not remain stranded at the level of potential but instead harnessed for the good of all.