The Nigerian Academy of Science, in collaboration with The Federal Ministry of Science and Technology, The African Union and the Academy of Sciences for Developing World (AU-TWAS), has set up an “AU-TWAS Young Scientist National Award” with a view to promote science in Nigeria/Africa. The award is open to both male and female young researchers and is designed to recognize the scientific achievements of young researchers living and working in Nigeria ; and to encourage them to continue to strive for excellence in their scientific careers.
As we begin a new period in the life of the Nigerian Academy of Science (NAS), I send warm greetings to all Fellows of the Academy for a successful 2013. I also salute and appreciate all former Presidents of NAS, Committee members as well as the administrative staff of the Academy for bringing NAS to its current level of visibility and relevance.
But we have only become the quiet voice of the revolution to scientifically and technologically transform Nigeria into the society we ever longed for and lunged at. In the coming years, we must move from that silent voice to become the strident and persuasive voice needed to move our country from the stupor of nonchalance on the use of science with scientific research as a catalyst for national socioeconomic development.
To achieve the desired impact, NAS must reach out to every sector of the society: the political, the private and the public sectors. I am confident, that ahead for Nigeria and NAS, are exciting and productive times. In 2017, the Academy would have been in existence for 40 years. We must show in the interval evidence that we have positively impacted on the life of the ordinary Nigerian.
I am pleased to welcome and congratulate our newly elected 2013 Fellows. I look forward to their induction and sterling contribution to ensure that the Academy continues to promote the growth, acquisition and dissemination of scientific knowledge, and to facilitate the use of science in the solution of problems of national interest. We must all work for improvement in the quality of life for all Nigerians, through the promotion and application of sound science and technology. Together, we must become the dynamic body of scientists, with the capability and flexibility to respond effectively to needs of our society.
From now on, our reach, as an Academy, must exceed our grasp. We dare not rest on our current level of achievement, or else, we will slip back to the undesirable situation of irrelevancy of the past; and our country will be the worse for it
Oyewale Tomori, FAS
President Nigerian Academy of Science.