President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed the belief that Nigeria’s collective future rests on active participation in science and technology.
The President spoke today at State House in Abuja when he conferred the Nigerian National Order of Merit Award for years 2020 and 2021 on three Nigerians who distinguished themselves in the field of medicine and science.
The recipients were Dr Oluyinka Olurotimi Olutoye, the late Professor Charles Ejike Chidume and Professor Godwin O. Samuel Ekhaguere.
The President said since the Nigerian National Merit Award was established 43 years ago, the addition of the three recipients would bring the total number of recipients to 79.
President Buhari, in a statement issued by his spokesman, Femi Adesina, added that the integrity of the award underscored the high expectations of the nation that the new recipients, like their predecessors, would continue to hold the banners of creativity and intellectual excellence very high.