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Date: 2010-08-30 10:11:05
FROM THE REGISTRAR

IMPACTING OUR SOCIETY
The vision of ICCON is to “recreate situations around us that will impact positively on the nation while providing professional protection to its members.” Recreating situations involves making impact on society. In recent times, the Institute’s Governing Council, through its working committees, has gradually mapped out modalities towards making positive impact on the larger society.
In line with current global trends, plans are at an advanced stage for the organization of sensitization workshops on the implementation of the globally harmonized system (GHS) of classification and labeling of chemicals. In order to ensure the widest possible spread, the workshop would be staged in three cities with appreciably high volume of trade and consumption of chemicals, namely Lagos, Kano and Onitsha. It is our hope that this programme would bring basic chemical knowledge to stakeholders in the chemical sector (and the larger society in general); and by so doing, reduce incidences of chemical related accidents in society. We believe ICCON members, as well as their friends and indeed the general public, would avail themselves of this invaluable programme, the details of which would be publicized in due course.
The Institute’s 2nd Mandatory Continuing Professional Development (MCPD) workshop is also slated for Enugu and Kaduna, in the 3rd and 4th quarters of the year respectively. With the theme “Wealth Creation – The Chemist’s Approach”, the workshop would treat such economically oriented topics as “Chemists and Entrepreneurship”, “Legal Framework for Business Activities”, “Making Wealth through Chemistry” etc. Capable and experienced resource persons are being lined up in this regard; and it is believed that this workshop would go a long way in achieving the much-needed self-reliance for Nigeria chemists. In the light of this, ICCON members are requested to keep in touch with the Institute’s website (www.iccon.org.ng or www.icconng.com) for more information as the scheduled dates approach.
The Institute’s maiden Membership Qualifying Examination for prospective ICCON members has been tentatively fixed for September, 2010. The conduct of the examination has become imperative for obvious reasons; as the saying goes, “as the personnel, so the products!” We do hope that the advent of the exams would usher in an era where ICCON admits individuals worthy of its membership. The modules for the said exam are currently being dispatched to the candidates concerned, while the exam itself is scheduled to hold simultaneously in Lagos, Benin and Abuja. More specific details would be communicated to all concerned in due course; while candidates are advised to send enquiries to info@iccon.org.ng or icconng@yahoo.com whenever clarification becomes necessary.
In a bid to carry its vision to the cradle, the Institute is evolving a framework for the review of chemistry curricula in the nation’s tertiary institutions, and subsequently, to the secondary level. This is with the primary objective of making the said curricula more practical oriented; and hence, more relevant to the needs of contemporary society. To this end, ICCON intends to liaise with such stakeholders in the education sector as the National Universities Commission (NUC), the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) etc. Indeed we look forward to a future where graduates of Chemistry would CREATE jobs, rather than SEEK for jobs.
I cannot end this piece without acknowledging the remarkable sacrifices being made by members of the various Committees of the ICCON Council towards achieving the Institute’s dreams. Indeed, they are writing their names in gold and creating a place for themselves with posterity. God bless them all.
Equally worthy of acknowledgement is the untiring efforts of a Fellow of ICCON, a committed ambassador of the Chemistry profession in Nigeria and a member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Niyi J. Akinyugha, for his sacrifices via the sponsorship of a Bill on Chemical Waste Management – which seeks to inject some sanity into the management of chemicals in Nigeria. The Bill has already passed through first and second readings on the floor of the House, and we optimistically look forward to its eventual passage into law.
On a very sad note, the Institute regrets the death of late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, a Fellow of ICCON and a worthy friend of the Chemistry profession in Nigeria. A delegation from the Institute was at the 40th day prayer session held in Katsina to commiserate with the bereaved family. May his very gently soul rest in peace.
Fellow chemists, the noble task of impacting on the larger society is the collective responsibility of all Nigerian chemists. ICCON would readily welcome suggestions from its members in this regard, either through physical visits to the Secretariat or through the Institute’s e-mail address. By our collective commitment, the Chemistry profession would indeed impact on our society.
Thanks and welcome on board. I wish you a happy reading.

Ms. T. O. Bammodu
Ag. Registrar  



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