ICCON Fellows at 14th MCPD, Port-Harcourt
Having a degree in Chemistry is likened to having an open career cheque but becoming a Chartered Chemist is just like holding a flight ticket to any part of the world!
That was the kind of aura witnessed at the Institute of Chartered Chemists of Nigeria (ICCON)’s 14th Mandatory Continuing Professional Development (MCPD) Workshop with the theme: ‘Prioritizing Chemical Safety and Security for Sound Management of Chemicals in Nigeria: A Focus on the Chemical Industries’, held in Port-Harcourt on Wednesday and Thursday, May 26-27, 2021 at the Amphitheatre, Rivers State University (RSU).
Over 300 chemical scientists participated in this 14th MCPD Workshop, Induction and Fellowship Investiture including: ICCON Fellows (85), Members (Chartered Chemists, 99); Graduating Members (33) and about a hundred other Workshop attendees and invited guests. Eight (8) Chemistry Ambassadors were also unveiled.
The ICCON Registrar/CEO, Chemist Wilford Jwalshik while welcoming all participants, reiterated the Institute’s resolve to fully professionalize Chemistry in Nigeria. It’s crystal clear that the Chemistry profession is gradually, gaining its pride of place in terms of Policy Implementation and Professional Practice in Nigeria, he emphasized.
The program was chaired by Hon. (Barr.) Victor Olusegun Akande, Member of Lagos State House of Assembly. The legal practitioner illustrating the importance of Chemistry profession asked “What in life is not Chemistry?” He urged policy makers to ratify legal instruments to strengthen the Institute in actualizing her mandate.
In her remarks at ICCON MCPD, the newly elected President of the Institute, Prof. Fanna Inna Abdulraman, who incidentally is also the first female ICCON President called on all stakeholders to work collectively as to move the Institute to greater heights and take the Chemistry profession to its ideal place!
The Lead Presentation on the theme was made by Africa’s foremost analytical and environmental Chemist, and Executive Chairman, Jawura, Prof. Oladele Osibanjo, who emphasized that insecurity associated with mishandling of chemicals in Nigeria can be avoided or minimized with increased awareness on chemical safety and security.
At the Technical Sessions, four (4) experienced Chemical Safety and Security experts, led the discussions, tailored towards actualizing Sound Chemicals Management in Nigeria.
Mrs. Christine Abey Ashaolu (NAFDAC) made a presentation on ‘Chemical Regulations and Frameworks: Its Impacts on the Sound Management of Chemicals in Nigeria, calling on the Regulatory bodies and the Regulated Community in Nigeria to strictly adhere to stipulated regulations, guidelines and standards on Chemicals usage, importation, storage and handling.
Col. Abdulrasaq Olapeju Kazeem, Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) expatiated on ‘Industrial Process, Safety and Security Audit for Chemical Plants: The Role of Security and Regulatory Agencies’ where he called on relevant authorities to hold facility operators using industrial chemicals accountable to ensure compliance.
Dr. Iniobong Ogbonna (Notore Chemical Industries), an authority in the chemical industrial sector, led the discussion on ‘Application of Green Chemistry in Reducing Industrial Chemical Security Risk in Chemical Industries’. She submitted that clean technology through application of Green Chemistry by knowledgeable chemical handlers is key towards achieving sustainable development in Nigeria.
‘An Integrated Approach To The Sound Management of Chemicals’ presentation was handled by Dr. Doris Fovwe Ogeleka, Associate Professor of Ecotoxicology and Analytical Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, Federal University of Petroleum Resources Efurun (FUPRE), Delta State, Nigeria, who urged all stakeholders in the Chemical Sector to take responsibility in harnessing chemicals for accelerated industrial development in Nigeria.
Click on this link to watch the NTA Video highlights of the 14th MCPD presentations, here: https://youtu.be/_pO8I1GWVnQ
Henceforth chemists, who are duly registered with ICCON will be qualified to handle sensitive positions in the chemical industries, managerial position in government establishments or in the academia. Chemists who delay their registration to become Chartered Chemists will loose seniority in the noble profession.
A glamorous moment indeed it was, for our host, the Head of Chemistry Department, Rivers State University, Dr. Boisa Ndokiari, one of the newly inducted Fellows, greeted with rapturous applause and encomiums, during his investiture, as if a chemist-king was being coronated! Of course, chemists are kings amongst comity of professionals.
The 14th MCPD will remain memorable as being the first time, ICCON instituted the prestigious ‘Ambassadors of Chemistry Award’ to honour distinguished chemists who have contributed immensely to the growth of the Chemistry profession in Nigeria. The pioneer ambaddors (8) include: Prof. Aliyu Shugaba (Vice Chancellor, University of Maiduguri), Mr. Isijaan A. Nkanta (NESREA), Mr. Aminu Dange, Dr. Aminu Tukur, Ms. Asemogha Nneka Peace (FCTA, Abuja), Dr. Williams T. Ezekiel, Chemist Oteiva Mokie Frank, PhD (Indorama) and Mr. Timothy Samuel (Vice Chairman, CSN Abuja Chapter).
A medical doctor in attendance, Dr. Romsan Dressman excitingly remarked “Chemistry was my best subject in high school, I love the subject, it’s so interesting but I didn’t see the bigger picture of studying it further in the University, anyways”.
Responding, one of the newly unveiled ICCON Chemistry Ambassadors, clarified “You’re right, Chemistry is an interesting Course, but it’s relevance is far beyond that, considering the security challenges in Nigeria, just imagine the consequences of mishandling chemical weapons without chemists being proactive to checkmate such trend?
You see, chemists are as important as the military personnel, medical practitioners, engineers and other professionals, all we need is synergy to rebuild this nation” he said. “Oh yes, I never thought of it that way, sincerely”, the doctor admitted.
Did you missed this educative workshop? Prepare for the 15th MCPD in Kano coming up on 20th & 21st October, 2021.
Click on this link to watch the NTA Video highlights of the 14th MCPD here: https://youtu.be/_pO8I1GWVnQ