By; FUNMI OROYE ADERINTO, Kaduna
The Deputy Governor of Kaduna State, Dr. Hadiza Sabuwa Balarabe, on Tuesday, said the Nigerian National Merit Awards in collaboration with the State Government will boost the activities of the agency.
Dr. Hadiza Sabuwa Balarabe stated this when she received the Governing Board of the Nigerian National Merit Award who came to Government House in Kaduna.
They were in Kaduna State to identify with the Governor, the Deputy Governor and all other distinguished members of the State Government to find ways of working together as partners.
Hadiza said, “your partnership with the state will encourage the younger ones that are coming on board,” while she prayed for the progress of the state.
Dr. Hadiza, encouraged them to continue to do what they are doing, while thanking them for coming into the state, saying this was the beginning of greater heights.
Earlier, in a remark, the leader of the delegation, Chairman Governing Board, Nigerian National Merit Award, Professor Shekarau Yakubu Aku, said they were in Government House to identify with the state government as partners in progress.
They pledged their unalloyed support to the Government of Governor Nasir el-Rufai and promised to collaborate with the government to fulfill the Economic Development Agenda of the governor.
“The Nigerian National Merit Award (NNMA) was established through Act No. 53 of 1979 as amended by Act No. 96 of 1992, LFN 122 of 2004 specifically to accord proper and due recognition to intellectual and academic contributions by citizens of Nigeria both at home and in diaspora,” he explained.
He further explained that it is also to promote merit and excellence in the larger society.
Aku noted that the recipients of the NNOM award are people who have made valuable and unique contributions to national and global attainments in all fields of human endeavor.
He disclosed that 76 people have won the award and only two recipients are from Kaduna State; Professor Umaru Balarabe Ahmed in 2006 and late Professor Andrew Jonathan Nok in 2010.