The Award, named in honour of the Late Chief Aretanekhai (Aret) Godwin Adams and his commitment to excellence, is the highest award bestowed by NAPE. It is given to deserving Earth Scientists of any nationality, in recognition of distinguished and outstanding contributions to, or achievements in the sciences and practice of petroleum exploration and exploitation in Nigeria for a continuous period of 15 years or more.
1. Dr. Ebi Omatsola, FNAPE 2. Prof. O. S. Adegoke, FNAPE 3. Prof. S. W. Peters 4. Prof. E. O. Fayose, FNAPE, FNMGS 5. Prof. M. O. Oyawoye, FNMGS 6. Prof. (Mrs.) D. E. A. Ajakaiye, FNMGS 7. Dr. E. Egbogah, OON 8. Dr. Layi Fatona, FNAPE 9. Mr. Austin Avuru, FNAPE 10. Mr. Edward Iyamu, FNAPE (Late) 11. Mr. Adebayo O. Akinpelu, FNAPE
Dr. D. Lambert-Aikhionbare, FNAPE
Dr. Emmanuel Enu, FNAPE
Dr. Joseph Ejedawe FNAPE
Prof. Cornelius Sunday Nwajide
Bishop Precious Omuku