Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Thursday conferred the 2017 Nigerian National Merit Award (NNMA) on Prof. Adesoji Adesina and Mr. Bruce Onobrakpeya at the Council Chamber of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
At the yearly award ceremony that comes up every first Thursday of every December, Osinbajo lauded the research and intellectual qualities of the recipients, stressing that the Federal Government would continue to support research innovation in the country.
According to him, posterity would not forgive government functionaries if they fail to provide support for research activities, noting that every winner of NNMA was unique.
He described the recipients as “milestones of Nigeria’s checkered history.”
Pointing out that the duo bear awesome responsibilities, Osinbajo hailed the recipients for the intellectual feat they attained.
He also challenged them to further deploy their huge experiences to advance the course of the society, recalling the words of Bernard Baruch, which says that “man can’t retire his experience but must use it.”
Commending the Governing Board of NMA, he said so far, the board had identified 75 recipients of the award, observing that the award “epitomises the finest of Nigerian innovation.”
Osinbajo welcomed Adesina and Onobrokpeya into what he described as the “prestigious league” of Nigerian National Order of Merit Investiture.