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Nigerian Academy of Science

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Formation  January 18, 1977
Membership  100 Fellows
President  Oyewale Tomori
Founded  18 January 1977
Headquarters  Lagos State, Nigeria
Website  Official website
Phone  +234 808 962 2442
Address  8A Ransome Kuti Road,, Ransome Kuti Rd, Lagos, Nigeria
Hours  Open today · 8AM–5PMMonday8AM–5PMTuesday8AM–5PMWednesday8AM–5PMThursday8AM–5PMFriday8AM–5PMSaturdayClosedSundayClosedSuggest an edit

The Nigerian Academy of Science is the official science academy of Nigeria. The academy of science was established on January 18, 1977 as an association of Nigeria's foremost scientist. It is the apex scientific organization in Nigeria and the Academy today acts as a scientific advisor to the Federal Government of Nigeria and funds research fellowships and scientific start-up companies. The Academy is governed by its Council, which is chaired by the Academy's President, according to a set of Statutes and Standing Orders. The members of Council and the President are elected from and by its Fellows, the basic members of the Academy, who are themselves elected by existing Fellows. There are currently about 100 Fellows, allowed to use the postnominal title FNAS (Fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Science), with 5 new Fellows appointed each year. The current President is Professor Oyewale Tomori, a professor of Virology.


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Structure and governance

The Academy is governed by its Council, which is chaired by the Academy's President, according to a set of Statutes and Standing Orders. The members of Council, the President and the other Officers are elected from and by its Fellowship.


The Academy's core members are the Fellows: scientists and engineers from the Nigeria nominated be fellow of the Academy based on having made "a substantial contribution to the improvement of natural knowledge, including engineering science mathematics and medical science". The process of becoming a fellow of the Academy is procedural. It begins by a nomination of qualified candidate by a fellow of the academy, often refers to as the principal nominator who must be in the same academic field as the candidate. He would submit a nomination form on behalf of the preferred candidate and the nomination period last for one month, from June to July. Thereafter, the candidate will be invited for screening by appropriate Sectional Committees before a recommendation to the Council chaired by the president for short-listing and the short-listed candidates will be presented to the general assembly for election. Successful candidates must scored as least half of the total votes cast. Fellows are elected for life, and gain the right to use the postnominal Fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Science (FNAS) title. The rights and responsibilities of Fellows also include a duty to financially contribute to the Academy, the right to stand for Council posts, and the right to elect new Fellows. Five Fellows are elected annually.


The Council is a body of 19 Fellows, including the Officers (the President, the Treasurer, three Secretaries—one from the physical sciences, one from biological sciences— the Foreign Secretary and the Public affairs secretary). The Council is tasked with coordinating the Academy's overall policy, managing all business related to the Academy, amending, making or repealing the Academy's Standing Orders. Members are elected annually via a postal ballot. The President, Vice President 3 Secretaries and the Treasurer are collectively the Officers of the Academy. The current officers are:

  • President: Professor Oyewale Tomori
  • Vice President: Professor Kalu Mosto Onuoha
  • Treasurer: Professor Olusoga Sofola
  • Biological Secretary: Professor Temitayo Shokunbi
  • Physical Secretary: Professor Domingo Okorie
  • Foreign Secretary: Professor Olaitan Soyannwo
  • Public affairs Secretary: Professor Andrew Jonathan Nok
  • Presidents

  • Professor Oyewale Tomori (Incumbent)
  • Past Presidents

  • Professor Victor Adenuga Oyenuga (1977- 1978)
  • Professor Professor Cyril Agodi Onwumechili (1979 - 1980)
  • Professor Umaru Shehu ( 1981- 1982)
  • Professor Emmanuel Emovon (1983 - 1984)
  • Professor Augustine Njoku Obi (1985- 1986)
  • Professor Ifedayo Oladapo (1987 - 1988)
  • Professor Caleb Olaniyan (1989 - 1990)
  • Professor Akpanoluo Ikpong Ikpong Ette (1991 - 1992)
  • Professor Anthony Afolabi Adegbola (1993 - 1994)
  • Professor Awele Maduemezia (1995 - 1996)
  • Professor Lateef Akinola Salako (1997 - 1998)
  • Professor Anya Oko Anya (1999 - 2000)
  • Professor Alexander Animalu (2001- 2002)
  • Professor Gabriel Babatunde Ogunmola (2003 - 2006)
  • Professor David Okali (2006 - 2008)
  • Professor Oyewusi Ibidapo Obe (2008- 2013)
  • References

    Nigerian Academy of Science Wikipedia