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Date: 2010-08-30 10:28:39
4th INDUCTION: Prof. Zuru Tasks...

4th INDUCTION: Prof. Zuru Tasks Chemists on Vision 20:2020

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Chemists in the country have been charged to rise up to their professional calling of chemistry practice to enthrone effective and responsible management of chemicals, thereby fast forwarding the vision 20:2020 developmental project of the Federal Government.

This call was made by the President of ICCON, Prof. Abdullahi Abdu Zuru at the 4th induction ceremony of the Institute held at Lagos Airport Hotel, Ikeja on Tuesday, November 24, 2009.

Speaking at the event, Prof. Zuru, explained that the Institute was established as a parastatatal under the Federal Ministry of Health and charged with the responsibility of regulating the practice of Chemistry by exercising regulatory authority and control over persons either in private, public organisation or corporate bodies handling chemicals and chemical management matters.

He challenged Chemists to live up to their name since according to him, “there is no hiding place for the Chartered Chemists in Nigeria; we must chart the course for others to follow. We must use our God given creativity to rejuvenate and reposition our manufacturing sector; add value to our crude oil and gas to ensure energy security; re-engineer our seeds and tubers to guarantee food security; and promote responsible handling of chemicals, chemical products and wastes to protect the environment.”

Prof. Zuru added that it was his believe that the activities of Chemists in its entirety would jump-start Nigeria’s industrialisation and make the country self-reliant in industrial raw materials as well as  processed goods and services thereby enabling us realize the Federal Government vision of being amongst the 20 largest economy in the world by the year 2020.

While congratulating the inductees, he called on Chartered Chemists to observe the highest ethical standards in their professional calling, participate in the periodic Mandatory Continuing Professional Development (MCPD). Programmes organised by the Institute to keep members abreast of current trends in the world of Chemistry, urging them also to fulfil their financial obligations to the Institute.

In his remarks, the Director General of Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), Dr. John N. Akanya who was the Induction Lecturer, speaking through his representative, Dr. Justin Nickaff (Regional Coordinator, North East and North West of the Organisation) advised members to abide by their professional code of ethics which include service to the general public, ability to place public welfare above all other considerations, inform and educate the general public on chemical matters, ensure safety in the workplace and the environment by preventing ecological disasters, accurately measure environmental contaminants and profer solutions to other environmental hazards.

The SON boss also called for standard laboratory practices. This he said could be achieved by ensuring that the laboratories where chemists work implement NIS ISO/IEC 17025:2005 which specifies general requirements for the competence of testing and caliberation of laboratories. He noted that this standard provides management and technical requirements for laboratories to consistently generate valid results.

Dr. Akanya praised ICCON for organising the induction and urged Chartered Chemists not to relent in their efforts at recreating Nigeria’s economy through chemistry as enunciated in her slogan.

Delivering a goodwill message, The President of Association of Professional Bodies of Nigeria (APBN), Architect Mohammed Faworaja congratulated the inductees and ICCON for a successful outing. He urged the newly inducted members to be ambassadors and embodiment of core values of the Institute which he stated as excellence, diligence, transparency, integrity, best practice, value added service delivery amongst others.

The induction which was the first to be held since the election of the Institute’s 3rd Governing Council formally admitted 620 professionals engaged in various chemistry related practices.

The event had in attendance operators in the organised private sector, captains of industries, representatives of other Professional Bodies and Regulatory Agencies amongst others.






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