In a bid to encourage research in tertiary institutions, the Nigerian Academy of Science (NAS), on Thursday, said that it
would institute grants for deserving
scientists in Nigerian universities.

In a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos, the academy said that this was one of the
recommendations arrived at, during a workshop it held recently.

It said that the workshop was organised by the Academy, in collaboration with the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG), for
stakeholders in science research
and education. NAS said that stakeholders from the North-East, North-Central and
North-West geopolitical zones were at the event.

“By virtue of its position, NAS is
dedicated to the advancement of evidence-based science, technology and innovation,” thestatement said.

It said that it would also encourage
excellence in undergraduate research through the institution of a reward system in the universities.

The statement recalled that one of the
rewards of excellence in science had been the Nigerian Science Prize, which is being
administered by the academy.

The Nigerian Science Prize award is sponsored by the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG).

This annual prize was instituted in 2004, to bring deserving Nigerian scientists to national attention, and celebrate scientific
breakthroughs in the country.

The prize serves to remedy the low estimation of science and scientists in Nigeria and provide stakeholders and policy makers with answers to issues of national

“The prize also helps to improve the quality of scientific writing, editing and publications, and improve the standard of living of Nigerian scientists,” the statement
also said.

The Academy noted that in the past ten years, there had been a noticeable decline in the quality and quantity of entries for the

It added that since the prize’s inception ten years ago, only five awardees had emerged.
The statement explained that the reason for this was because in three of the ten years of the prize’s existence, there were no entries
adjudged to be worthy of the prize.

It, therefore, noted that to reposition the prize and the Academy, there was need for
increased publicity.

The statement also urged NAS to pursue increased advocacy with relevant
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