On February 6, the Nigerian Academy of Science appointed professor, Ekanem Braide, as President-elect.
Ms 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.
Ms Braide, was a member of the national committee that achieved the laudable feat of guinea worm eradication in Nigeria. She was a professor of Parasitology/Epidemiology, with a rich professional experience as a researcher and an administrator. She is a former Vice-Chancellor at Nassarawa State University, Lafia.
She is to take over from Mosto Onuoha (Professor of pure and applied geophysics) and will then lead the Academy in achieving an 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.
While, Abubakar Sambo (Professor of Mechanical Engineering) takes over from Ms Braide as the new Vice-President of the Nigerian Academy of Science.