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Osibanjo, Other Eminent Chemists Storm Port-Harcourt! See The Reason Why!

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Prof. Oladele Osibanjo, Foremost Africa's Analytical and Environmental Chemist
Prof. Oladele Osibanjo, Foremost Africa’s Analytical and Environmental Chemist

There are two powerful ‘Prof. Osibanjos’ I know. One is ‘Prof. Yemi Osinbajo’, a Professor of Law and Nigeria’s No.2 citizen while the other, ‘Prof. Oladele Osibanjo’ who is the Keynote Speaker at the forthcoming Institute of Chartered Chemists Of Nigeria (ICCON)’s 14th Mandatory Continuing Professional Development (MCPD) Workshop/Induction in Port-Harcourt come May 26-27, 2021, deserves a standing ovation, not only because he is a distinguished Professor but has midwifed and nurtured giant institutions!


There’s no argument about this: the story of the defunct Federal Environmental Protection Agency (FEPA), now National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA), Institue of Chartered Chemists Of Nigeria (ICCON), Nigerian Environmental Society (NES), Waste Management Association Of Nigeria (WAMASON), UNEP’s Basel Convention Coordinating Centre for African Region, University of Ibadan and Nigeria’s leading Environmental Consultancy Services firm, JAWURA.


Suffice it to say that Prof. Oladele Osibanjo is a perfect mould of an ideal Chemist! Chemists are king Makers who themselves are kings! For God creates but Chemists recreate nature!


Unveiling the Secret of an Excelling Chemist!

Getting a degree is like holding a flight ticket to any part of the world! Yet here’s the reason why most Chemists especially in Nigeria aren’t flying around the world as they ought, making waves.


A graduate Chemist with knowledge of general chemistry which in itself is extremely vast, that fails to continuously engage in professional research oriented trainings and retrainings will gradually ‘rust careerwise’.


Or have you seen any lawyer who hasn’t been to law school defending someone in a law court, even though he’s a law graduate from a University? Have you come across any competent medical doctor that dosen’t attend medical workshops and conferences, despite his clinicals experience?


ICCON MCPD Flyer Billed for Port-Harcourt
ICCON MCPD Flyer Billed for Port-Harcourt

Mention any top five (5) Nigerian Chemists you know who have flourished in their circles of influence whether in the academia, government MDAs or chemical industry, I can tell you that one of the key secrets of ‘Excelling Chemists’ is attending conferences, workshops and Exhibitions locally and internationally, inorder to reinvent themselves and remain relevant!


ICCON’s MCPD: Mandatory for Chartered Chemists!

The law establishing ICCON clearly stipulates that continuous professional development of registered Chemists through training and retraining is a mandatory fulfilment of being a Chartered Chemist. MCPD as the name implies, is ‘mandatory’ not negotiable for career growth of Chartered Chemists!


Themes for MCPD are always carefully selected to reflect trending national contemporary issues with direct linkage to the Chemistry profession. It brings to fore the teething problem begging for Chemists’ attention. In recent times, Chemical Safety and Security issues are of utmost priority in global discourse, raising international concerns.


Chemists must therefore rise to the occasion at this critical moment to contribute meaningfully, in a collective effort towards curbing insecurity in Nigeria. Of course, we can only be relevant when our Chemistry solve personal, communal and national problems!

The theme of the 14th MCPD is ‘Prioritizing Chemical Safety and Security for Sound Management of Chemicals in Nigeria: A Focus on the Chemical Industries’ to be x-rayed by Prof. Oladele Osibanjo (Executive Chairman, Jawura) and Amb. Gabriel Tanimu Aduda, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs as lead speakers.

Amb. Gabriel Tanimu Aduda, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Pioneer Chairman, National Authority on Chemical and Biological Weapons Convention, Nigeria
Amb. Gabriel Tanimu Aduda, PS, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Amb. Gabriel T. Aduda’s passion for Safe Use of Chemistry, while serving as the Permanent Secretary, Political & Economic Affairs, Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (OSGF) and Chairman, National Authority on Chemical & Biological Weapons Convention (NAC&BWC), propelled him to take Nigeria to global limelight on Chemical Safety and Security after ensuring the passage of Chemical and Biological Weapons Act by the Senate in 2019


His efforts resulted in getting a Nigerian (Chemist Wilford Jwalshik, current Registrar/CEO, ICCON) to be appointed into the OPCW Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) for the first time as well as paving way for increased participation of Nigerians in the OPCW capacity building programs internationally and locally.


Other presentations will include: ‘An Integrated Approach To The Sound Management of Chemicals’ by Doris Fovwe Ogeleka, an Associate Professor of Ecotoxicology and Analytical Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, Federal University of Petroleum Resources Efurun (FUPRE), Delta State, Nigeria.


Col. Abdulrasaq Olapeju Kazeem, Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) to the President, will make a presentation on ‘Industrial Process, Safety and Security Audit for Chemical Plants: The Role of Security and Regulatory Agencies’ Col. Kazeem is an experienced Chemical Safety & Security expert who have coordinated several workshops across the country.

Dr. Iniobong Ogbonna, of Notre Chemical Industries, a core industrialist and chemical technologist, will lead the discussion on ‘Application of Green Chemistry in Reducing Industrial Chemical Security Risk in Chemical Industries’ while NAFDAC’s Christine Abey Ashaolu (Mrs.) will speak on ‘Chemical Regulations and Frameworks: Its Impacts on the Sound Management of Chemicals in Nigeria’. Ashaolu is an expert in Chemical Innovation and Regulations (Inspections, Safety, Security, Surveillance/Monitoring and Enforcement).


See Why MCPD Is A Must For All Chemistry HODs!

Its now mandatory that all Heads of Chemistry Departments in over 300 Nigeria’s tertiary institutions must become registered members of the Chemistry professional association and regulatory body i.e Chemical Society of Nigeria (CSN) and Institute of Chartered Chemists of Nigeria (ICCON) respectively. This is pertinent to ensure that the HODs and by extension all Chemistry Departments align with contemporary national issues being championed by the umbrella Chemistry professional bodies and regulators.


Heads of educational institutions, MDAs and captains of industries are enjoined to sponsor practising chemists within their establishments to attend MCPD and other chemical conferences/workshops regularly which will in turn improve their operational systems.


ICCON Registrar/CEO, Chemist Wilford Jwalshik, FICCON, FCSN Chem. Amb. (ACS)
ICCON Registrar/CEO, Chemist Wilford Jwalshik, FICCON, FCSN Chem. Amb. (ACS).

The upcoming MCPD this year, will feature the induction of prospective Members and Fellows into the Institute including the current Chairman, Bayelsa Board of Internal Revenue, Mr. Nimibofa Ayawei (a prospective ICCON Fellow inductee).


Eight (8) distinguished chemists will also be conferred with the prestigious ‘ICCON Ambassadors of Chemistry Award’ in recognition of their immense contribution towards the growth of the Chemistry profession in Nigeria and ICCON in particular.


The awardees include: Prof. Aliyu Shugaba, the Vice Chancellor, University of Maiduguri, Borno State and a young versatile Chemist, Mr. Isijaan A. Nkanta, longest serving Head, Chemicals & Pharmaceuticals Sector, NESREA Osun Field Office, who is currently CSN Osun Vice Chairman, Pillar of AdasiScience and ICCON Rep. for South West, Nigeria.


Other ICCON Ambassadorial Awardees include: Mr. Aminu Dange, Dr. Aminu Tukur. Ms. Asomugha Nneka Peace, Dr. Williams T. Ezekiel, Chemist Oteiva Mokie Frank, PhD and Mr. Timothy Samuel, who are all Excelling Chemists in their respective climes.


“Where else should a Nigerian Chemist be come Wednesday and Thursday, May 26-27, 2021, if not Port-Harcourt for ICCON’s 14th MCPD?” ICCON Registrar/CEO Chemist Wilford Jwalshik, asks as he invites Chemists in top chemical, oil and gas industries nationwide and particularly in the oil rich region, chemist administrators in top management of government MDAs and researchers/experts in chemical toxicology, safety and security fields to bond at the Faculty of Law, Rivers State University, Port-Harcourt.

The Vice Chancellor, Rivers State University, Prof. N. Okogbule and the current/first female ICCON President, Prof. Fanna I. Abdulraman (Deputy Vice Chancellor, Central Administration, Borno State University) as hosts while the Rivers State Governor, Chief Barr. Nyesom Wike is the Chief Host.


Will you like to join ICCON? Read this: or visit the Institute’s website

Front Gate of Rivers State University, Port-Harcourt
Front Gate of Rivers State University, Port-Harcourt, Venue of 14th ICCON’S MCPD

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