Vice President Yemi Osinbajo yesterday conferred the 2017 Nigerian National Merit Award on a scholar, Professor Adesoji Adesina and an artist, Mr Bruce Onobrakpeya.
The event took place yesterday at the Presidential Villa in Abuja. Osinbajo said government would continue to support research innovation in Nigeria.
He said posterity would not forgive government functionaries if they fail to support research activities.
Osinbajo said Prof. Adesina is credited with nearly 450 refereed publications, patents and books. He has supervised more than 100 graduate students to completion, including 42 PhD alumni with a truly global hue.
He also described Onobrakpeya as a painter, initiator of art, author and philanthropist, social commentator and advocate of social causes, who focuses on social developments.