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5 Things Every Chemist Should Consider As We Choose Our Next CSN President

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As we prepare to attend the 43rd CSN Annual International Conference in Abuja from tomorrow, November 22, where a new set of National Excos shall be elected, we must look beyond titles, ethnic divides or ego rather competence, experience and capacity to choose our leaders right!

Here are the 5 key areas the incoming administration should focus on to move CSN forward. Read on!

1. Sustaining Legacies:

Each CSN regime is unique in attaining a level of Success ranging from successful hosting of Annual Conference, Chemistry House building, gaining International Visibility and engaging on programs to impact the larger society like National Chemical Security & Safety, Chemistry Education and CSN’s role in the fight against COVID-19. The primary task of the new regime shall be to consolidate on these gains as to sustain these legacies and strive to improve on them.

2. Chemical Research 2 Products

The beauty of Chemistry is in turning our Chemical research outcomes into real products or semi-raw materials. Our focus shall be to create a functional system that helps chemists with economically viable intellectual properties to develop them into tangible chemical products. If most of the paints, cosmetics, wines, plastics, paper products, foams, table water, hand sanitizers in Nigeria are produced by chemists? Good quality will be assured and Chemists will become relevant and self reliant, contributing towards national economic growth.

Beyond developing products, Our Chemistry Professors and associates should be more engaged as consultants to relevant Government institutions and corporate organizations. At the moment, the involvement of professional Chemists in corporate governance and operations in Nigeria is quite low!

3. A CSN for Al!

Do you know that there are more chemists out there who are non-CSN members than the active financial members? Not less than 5,000 Chemists graduate from over 200 tertiary institutions every year. This implies that about 100,000 Graduate Chemists have been produced in the last 25 years which represents half of the almost 50 years of CSN existence! Yet few than 1,000 Chemists are active at National CSN events, so where are all other Chemists? Obviously, most Chemists especially in Government and industries, even in the Academia are either not proud to be or yet to see what they will benefit for joining CSN.

The new administration should engage Young Graduate Chemists in mentorship (internship) programs on process technology, manufacturing, chemical marketing, waste-to-wealth and collaborative research. Women-in-Chemistry needs more support in entrepreneurship. Imagine if women chemists are major manufacturers of food spices, detergents and cosmetics in Nigeria? I bet you more female students will aspire to be Chemists! An all inclusive CSN is our priority!

4. More Engaging National Conference:

Next year, 2021 is CSN’s Golden Jubilee. The new Excos should strive to improve on the organization of our Annual International Conferences to ensure that registered participants are well attended to, our Fellows treated with dignity, Technical Sessions are more organized and result oriented with more corporate and individual exhibitions. We look forward to CSN@50 (1971-2021) next year that will be more engaging, educative and enriching.

5. Increased Awareness & Developmental Projects!

CSN has gained significant international visibility in recent times yet locally, there is need to publicize CSN activities, reorientation and sentization and to embark on more developmental projects. Our Chemistry House Project to be fully operational and be replied at regional/chapter levels.

It only takes a man of vision with vast experience, a trained Administrator and accomplished Manager, an industrious Chemical Scientist/researcher cum product developer, a real time ‘professor’ of chemical process technology and industrial development of a sort; a doyen of entrepreneurial Chemistry and a leader with competence and capacity to drive this peocess and to carry every category of members, along.

Without bias, MAJEK OKUNOLA OWOO, FCSN, FICOON, truly fits into this mould of our desired In-Coming CSN National President. Our best is to give him and his team our maximum support they need to succeed! Together, we can make work for a better CSN that we and the younger Chemists can be proud of! May the Almighty lead us all safely to CSN Abuja 2020! See you all!

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