Institute of Chartered Chemists of Nigeria (ICCON) has told federal government that the safety of the country against pockets of insecurity and other challenges lies in the hands of chemists.
The Register and Chief Executive Officer of ICCON, Mr Wilford Jwalshik disclosed this a statement signed and made available to newsmen in Uyo on Tuesday.
Jwalshik, who lamented that many people tie everything to leadership, stressed that professionals like chemists have a role to play toward building a self reliant nation.
He stressed that the war against insurgency in the country can be better won through military intelligence (tactics) than physical combat, adding that chemists’ involvement in the security architecture should therefore become a priority.
“It is glaring that our beloved country Nigeria is facing challenging times, even as most countries of the world struggle to recover after the pandemic.
“In Nigeria, identifying our challenges is not a problem, the herculean task is how to solve them.
“Interestingly, the Chemistry profession, if paid adequate attention to, can provide the needed solutions to these challenges, which attempt to bring Africa’s most populous nation with abundant natural resources, to her knees”.
He said chemistry is the bedrock of every sector of the economy and that any nation who does not give adequate attention to the potency of the profession is bound to fail.
The CEO, who listed the challenges facing the country apart from insecurity to include, Poverty/Unemployment, Poor Healthcare System, Poor Quality of Education, Inadequate Infrastructure & Electricity Supply, Lack of Good Drinking Water and Environmental Issues, said chemistry is the only profession that could be employed to solve the numerous problems.
He said “Chemistry is the study of the composition, properties and uses of matter. It seems to explain what air, water, soil, plants, food, metals are made up of including nanoparticles and biochemical reactions in humans and other organisms.
“Crude oil, gold and other solid minerals extraction/mining and refining as well as photosynthesis all involve Chemistry applications.
He called on all Chemists to arise and take the profession to a noble height as it remains a major key player in fixing Nigeria’s challenges and repositioning the country as the industrial hub and economic power in Africa.