The Nigerian Academy of Science at its Annual General Meeting held in Lagos on Thursday, February 6, elected the Pro-Chancellor of Arthur Jarvis University, Prof. Ekanem Braide, as President.
Prof. Braide, who is the immediate past Vice-President of the Academy, will be the first female president of the Academy in 43 years of existence when she takes over office in January 2021.
Professor Braide served as the first Vice Chancellor of the Cross River University of Technology shortly after it was established in 2002 and also served as the first Vice Chancellor of the Federal University of Technology Lafia, Nassarawa State after it was established in 2010.
Prof Braide, a professor of Parasitology/Epidemiology, was Chairman of Nigeria Guinea worm Eradication Program (NIGEP) that achieved the laudable feat of guinea worm eradication in Nigeria. She has a rich professional experience as a researcher and an administrator.
She will take over from Mosto Onuoha (Professor of pure and applied geophysics). The Academy aims to achieve improved quality of life for the Nigerian society through the promotion and application of science and technology; as well as strengthen the nation’s ability to deliver the fruits of science to society by the acquisition, growth, and dissemination of sound scientific knowledge and facilitation of its use in the solution of major national problems.
The Nigerian Academy of Science (NAS) was established in 1977. The Academy is the foremost independent scientific body in Nigeria dedicated to the development and advancement of science, technology, and innovation in Nigeria and brings scientific knowledge to positively guide policies/strategic direction of the country.