The Nigeria Prize for Science
The Nigeria Prize for Science celebrates excellence in scientific breakthroughs and honours scientists from anywhere in the world, who help find solutions to a local or ‘Nigerian’ problem, as defined and advertised by the Advisory Board for the prize.
The Prize is an annual prize aimed at stimulating the advancement and application of science and technology. It is expected that the quest for a prestigious prize in science will improve science and technology in Nigeria, resolve issues that are germane to development of the country and help improve the standards of living.
The prize is administered on behalf of Nigeria LNG Limited by the Advisory Board for Science. The current Advisory Board is chaired by a former winner of the prize, recipient of Nigeria National Merit Award and Fellow of The Nigerian Academy of Sciences, Professor Alfred Akpoveta Susu. Other members of the Board are Professor Barth Nnaji, internationally-acclaimed professor of robotics, Nigeria’s former Minister of Science and Technology, and former Minister of Power; Professor Michael Adikwu, former winner of the prize and former Vice-Chancellor, University of Abuja; and Chief (Dr.) Mrs. Nike Akande, Nigeria’s former Minister of Industries and former Chairman of Lagos Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture.
When an entry has been found worthy of winning the Prize, the name of the winner (s) is announced in a world Press Conference in September and the winner(s) rewarded in a Grand Award Ceremony in October, commemorating the first export of LNG cargo by NLNG on October 9, 1999.
Implementation of The Nigeria Prize for Science
The overall prize implementation is the responsibility of the Advisory Board, supported by the secretariat which is located within NLNG. They are responsible for:
- Overall governance and administration of the prize.
- Appointment and supervision of judges and the adjudication process.
- Approval of the outcome of the adjudication process.