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NNOM AWARD: The Nigerian National Order of Merit (NNOM) is an “Order of Dignity” and distinct from the National Honours.It was instituted to accord proper and due recognition for outstanding intellectual and academic attainments and contributions to the general development of Nigeria. The President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is required by law (NNMA Act Section 8) to confer the NNOM Award annually, on the recipient(s), on the first Thursday in the month of December. The objective of the Award is to stimulate and reward excellence in Science, Engineering/Technology, Medicine, Humanities, Arts & Culture and other fields of human endeavor. A recipient of NNOM Award is entitled to: use the designation Nigerian National Order of Merit (NNOM) after his/her name. receive a Cash Prize, a certificate, a medal; and such other privileges as are enjoyed by recipients of high levels of national awards and honours. ELIGIBILITY The Award is open to all citizens of Nigeria at home and abroad. ii. Any Nigerian citizen of outstanding merit can be nominated by one or more Nigerian citizens. Any person may by himself/herself, where not sponsored by another person, apply to the Board for this purpose. Where two or more Nigerians are collaborating on any deserving undertaking, they can be similarly nominated for a joint Award. SELECTION/CONSIDERATION Selection will be made from wide range of contemporary works which are innovative, creative, essentially Nigerian in content and of national and international distinction; such works should emphasize the uniqueness of the achievements to humanity generally and Nigerian society in particular. The achievements may constitute a specific break-through in any field or may be of a cumulative nature; The Award emphasizes distinct merit and upright morality, as this is the highest Merit Award in the Country. Nominators must not make public the names of nominees. In order to preserve and enhance the credibility of the Award, the submissions of the prospective recipients are usually subjected to rigorous assessment by experts, known as Specialized Committee of Assessors in the following four core areas:- Science Medicine Engineering/Technology Humanities, Arts and Culture and other fields of human endeavour. (vi) When and where necessary, External Assessors are usually engaged from the national or international academic community.


NNMA is value driven quasi-academic agency of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. It was established by Act 53 of 1979 as amended by Act 96 of 1992 (CAP 122 LFN, 2004). The Mission statement for NNMA reads: “Committed to stimulating and rewarding, academic and professional excellence for national development of Nigeria”.