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He explained that the essence of the annual NNMA lecture series is to generate knowledge and innovations towards national growth and development
In his remark, Chairman of the Governing Board of NNMA, Professor Shekarau Aku Yakubu, noted that the NNOM remains the highest award for intellectual academic and creative achievement given by the Nigerian state.
He further solicited improved funding for the NNMA, especially a review of the budgetary allocation, and for Buhari to approve its car park project, with which it hopes to become more self-sufficient.
Addressing journalists in Abuja, the Chairman Governing Board of NNMA, Professor Shekarau Aku said in this year's award, only one award winner emerged out of 35 nominations.
As chairman of the Governing Board of the NNMA, I am pleased to announce Professor Olufemi Obafemi, who is a creative writer, critic and dramatist as well as theatre director, as a winner in the Humanities.
'As stated in the Act Governing the Nigerian National Merit Award (NNMA), the investiture of the awardee will be statutorily performed by Mr President' Muhammadu Buhari GCFR, on Thursday 6th December 2018.
While noting that every winner of NNMA was unique, he described the recipients as 'milestones of Nigeria's checkered history' adding that they should deploy their huge experiences to advance the course of the society.
Osinbajo also praised the Governing Board of NNMA which he noted had so far identified 75 recipients of the award.
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