ABUJA (Nigerian National Merit Award Report) - President Goodluck Jonathan has approved the appointment of Etim Moses Essien (Professor) as the Chairman of the Governing Board of the Nigerian National Merit Award.
The President in a statement signed by the Director of General Services in the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation lately disclosed that the appointment is to complete the unexpired tenure of the late past Chairman of the Board whose sad demise occurred in August, 2014.
Etim Moses Essien (Professor ), who is also a Laureate of the Nigerian National Order of Merit having bagged the prestigious NNOM award in the field of Medicine in 1997 has served humanity in different capacities as the founding member of the Association of Pathologists of Nigeria and author of over 100 scientific publications, including contributions in thirteen books.
The statement described him as a renowned Professor of Haemotalogy with more than forty years of experience and work as clinical scientist at the University of Ibadan. It also indicated that he has contributed variously to the field of medicine and public health and was awarded the national honour of the Order of the Federal Republic (OFR) and elected the International Scientist of the year in 2003.
“He has established several medical schools in Nigeria and abroad, among which are the University of Gambia Medical School; the University of Calabar Medical College and currently serves at the University of Uyo Medical College. Other positions include: Chairman of the National Expert Advisory Committee on AIDS (1986-1989); Head of the Laboratory and Blood Transfusion Service Committee as well as the National AIDS Committee in 1989.
He was a member of the International Society for Thrombosis and Haemostasis Science in 1973 and Member of the Medical Advisory Board on AIDS and the World Federation of Haemophilia in 1976 and became the 1st African Vice- President of the European and African Division of the International Society of Haematology from 1984-1988.
In 1971, he was a member of the American Association for the advancement of Science and member of the WHO Expert Panel on Blood and in 1976 he earned the Fellowship of the Nigerian Medical College in Pathology and the West African College of Physicians, ascending the membership of the Royal College of Pathologists in 1981.