ABUJA (Nigerian National Order of Merit Report) – The Chairman of the Nigerian National Merit Award, Francis S. Idachaba, has recently inaugurated four Specialized Committees of Assessors in the field of Science, Medicine, Engineering/Technology and Humanities for the 2014 NNOM Award.
During the inauguration ceremony, Francis Idachaba commended the Specialized Committees for their continual integrity and maintenance of high level confidentiality in the assessment of the applications anticipated for the NNOM Award each year. Adding, in the 35 years of the existence of the Nigerian National Merit Award (NNMA), there has never been any breach of confidence in the Assessors of the NNMA. He stated that the organisation has continued to operate within global best practices as the Assessors are never made known to the public.
The Chairman urged the Assessors to always maintain orderliness and ensure confidentiality in all the assessment processes and adviced that they should ensure that the NNMA does not lose the creditability it has enjoyed in all its years of existence. He also called on them to avoid public interference and expressed the hope that by the year 2030, the body of Laureates of the Nigerian National Order of Merit would produce a Nobel Laureate.
He further charged the NNOM Laureates and Specialized Committee of Assessors to always work hard and imbibe the spirit of sacrifice, despite the un-conducive academic environment and several distractions presently experienced in the Country.
While commending the past good works of his predecessors, he informed the Assessors that since he took over the office in March 2014, the inauguration of the Assessment Committees was his first official function and wished them a happy and fruitful assessment period. “For the year 2014, two applications were received in the field of Science, one in Engineering/Technology, two in Medicine and seventeen in Humanities,” he indicated.
The Committee of Chairmen of the four Specialized Committees of Assessors in response thanked the Chairman of the NNMA Governing Board for the confidence reposed on them and promised to always maintain the tradition of integrity that the NNMA has enjoyed in the past. He congratulated the Chairman on his new appointment and wished him a happy stay during his tenure as the Chairman of the Board of the NNMA.
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