- December 8, 2017
- Posted by: Godwin Elijah
- Category: National News
President Muhammadu Buhari has decorated two prominent Nigerians, Professor Adesoji Adesina and renowned artist, 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 President, who was represented by Vice President Yemi Osibanjo noted that the awardees distinguished themselves in their various disciplines adding that the award was the highest bestowed on any individual by the country for intellectual achievement of national and global importance.
Buhari hinted that the awardees brought to 75, the number of such recipients since its introduction 38 years ago. According to him, while Adesina developed many chemical materials as well as trained many graduates including 42 PhD alumni, now professors in highly ranked institutions and petrochemical industries, Onobrakpeya, since pre-independence, projected the African personality, propagated the concept of natural synthesis and advocated important social causes through arts.