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Buhari Decorates 3 Prominent Nigerians With NNOM Award – See List

On Tuesday, the Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari conferred the Nigerian National Order of Merit (NNOM) Award for 2020 and 2021 on three Nigerians who have distinguished themselves in the fields of medicine and science in Abuja, the nation’s capital.


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On Tuesday in Abuja I conferred the Nigerian National Order of Merit (NNOM) Award for 2020 and 2021 on three Nigerians who have distinguished themselves in the fields of medicine and science:

Dr. Oluyinka Olurotimi Olutoye, Medicine (2020)

The late Professor Charles Ejike Chidume, Science (2020), and

Professor Godwin O. Samuel Ekhaguere, Science (2021).

I am proud to welcome the new Laureates to the prestigious league of highly honoured Nigerians.

The addition of these three recipients brings the total number of recipients to only 79, in the 43 years since the Nigerian National Merit Award (NMMA) was established, affirming the high standards of the Award and undeniable testimony of the strict adherence to quality and the merit-driven evaluation procedure for selecting laureates.



I urged the new Laureates to endeavour, at all times, to serve as beacons of hope and aspiration for the younger generation of Nigerians.

Our survival and collective future as a nation ultimately rests on our being active participants in global developmental efforts, especially in science and technology.

The nation has high expectations that the new recipients, like their predecessors, will continue to hold the banners of creativity and intellectual excellence very high.

I urge Nigerian youths to emulate the good works of the laureates by dedicating themselves to excellence, and striving to contribute their quota to the arduous task of getting Nigeria on the top bracket of outstanding nations.



Congratulations to members of the Governing Board of the NNMA under the Chairmanship of Prof. Shekarau Yakubu Aku, as well as members of the Four Specialized Committees of Assessors and External Assessors for their integrity and transparency, and for the excellent work they have done.

I wish to reassure that our Administration is fully committed to giving the NNMA the recognition that it deserves, by immortalizing its recipients who have taken this country to greater heights both in Nigeria and in the Diaspora.

We are a nation keen on fostering excellence across board and we will continue to celebrate those who have attained measurable levels of excellence in their professional life.

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