By Mustapha Sumaila
Abuja – The Institute of Chartered Chemists of Nigeria (ICCON) on Wednesday expressed concern on misuse of chemicals as instruments of terror to perpetuate evil in the country.
Mr Jwalshik Wilford, the Registrar and Chief Executive Officer of the institute, said this at a workshop, membership induction and investiture in Abuja.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that ICCON is a parastatal of the Federal Ministry of Health established by ICCON act of 2004.
It is charged with the responsibility of regulating the teaching, learning and standards best practice of the chemistry profession in the country.
Wilford however noted that it was sad that chemicals which were meant to be substances of immense benefit had become instruments of terror and wanton bloodshed in the country and across the globe.
He said that it was a sad reality that the dearth of adequate chemical education had contributed immensely to the wave of “chemical terrorism” that had pervaded the country in recent time especially the North-East.
He charged chemists to play their roles in bringing the much needed chemical knowledge to bear on a largely chemical ignorant society.
“It is our desire and hope that this workshop will not only help in addressing what is obviously an issue of urgent national and global concern, but will draw attention to the neglected role chemists can play in tackling societal challenges.
“From industries, to agriculture to medicines, we rely on chemicals to improve our lives but also those chemicals have the potential to cause tremendous harm to us and the environment.
“Poor chemical security is a threat globally and we are committed to helping chemists and other related professionals improve their abilities to safely and responsibly handle chemicals to reduce their potential negative impacts,” he said.
The registrar disclosed that the institute would soon carry out a National Chemical Personnel Audit to entrench professionalism and standards.
NAN also reports that 42 members were conferred with fellowship award while Dr Abubakar Jimoh, Director, Public Communication Affairs of National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) bagged honorary fellowship award of the institute. (NAN)