About NNMA

Historical Background 

The NNMA was established by Act no. 53 of 1979 under the military Administration of General Olusegun Obasanjo (GCFR) amended by Act 96 of 1992 (now known as CAP122 LFN, 2004) by General Ibrahim Babangida (GCFR). In line with section 2 of the Act, the NNMA Award shall:-

(a) Be an order of Dignity

(b) Entitled a recipient to:

              ( i)    Use the designation Nigerian National order of merit (NNOM) after his name;

              ( ii)   Receive a cash prize, a certificate and medal;

              (iii)   Such other privileges as are enjoyed by recipients of high levels of national Honors.

The primary responsibility of the MMNA is to confer the Nigerian National Merit (NNOM) Award on deserving Nigerians who have contributed outstandingly to national development in the areas of Science, Medicine Engineering/Technology, and Humanities, including Arts and culture and other fields of human endeavor. The award usually conferred on the recipient by the President, Commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on the first Thursday of December every year. The NNOM Award, which is distinct from the National Honors Award, is a separate order of dignity that specifically aims at recognizing, promoting and rewarding academic achievements in all fields of human endeavor. It is important to note that this award is not an exclusive preserve of the academic alone, as being erroneously held in some quarters. On the contrary, non academics who have distinguished themselves in their chosen field of endeavour have also received the award, e.g. late Hajiya (Dr) Ladi Kwali, the world acclaimed pottery expert from Niger State..

In Memoriam All Memoriam
Prof. Francis S. Idachaba (NNOM) 1943 - 2014

Prof. F S. Idachaba was born in Idah, Kogi State, Nigeria on 4th December, 1943. He had the B. Sc (Economics), University of Ibadan 1967; MA (...


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Prof. Chukwuedu Nwokolo (NNOM) 1921-2014

Chukwuedu Nathaniel II Nwokolo (19 April 1921 – 18 May 2014) was an internationally distinguished tropical diseases, nutrition, human, medical...


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Prof. J.F. Ade-Ajayi (NNOM) 1929-2014

He was born on May 26, 1929 in Ikole-Ekiti in today’s Ekiti State. His father was the postmaster in the town, hence his local nickname, &lsquo...


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