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Date: 2010-08-31 07:39:16


On the 27th of May, 2010, the Governing Council and Staff of the Institute of Chartered Chemists of Nigeria (ICCON) organized a formal send-off for the Institute’s pioneer Registrar and Chief Executive Officer, Mrs. Gladys Eme Eke and her Deputy, Mrs. Victoria Ezediaro. The event took place at the Institute’s Secretariat in Yaba, Lagos.


Former Registrar Mrs. Gladys E. Eke


Members of Council at the event were led by the President and Chairman of Council of ICCON, Prof. Abdullahi Abdu Zuru. Other Council members at the event included the immediate past President, Mr. Harry Okolo, Chief John Abah, Mrs. Mary-Anne Adeeko, Prof. Chukwuemeka Nwadinigwe, Chief Reginald Arazu, Mrs. Marlene Waziri, Mr. Fubara Chuku and the National President of the Chemical Society of Nigeria (CSN), who was represented by the National Secretary, Prince Jay Oghifo. Also present were representatives of the CEOs of sister regulatory bodies, including the Institute of Public Analysts of Nigeria (IPAN), the Dental Technologists Registration Board of Nigeria (DTRB) etc.

Making a brief opening remark at the occasion, ICCON President, Prof. Zuru, on behalf of Council, Management, Staff and Members of ICCON, expressed gratitude to Mrs. Eke for the untiring efforts she made towards ensuring the full take-off of the Institute. He recalled the sacrifices made by the former Registrar during the demanding period of the Secretariat’s infancy between 2003 and 2005, when she was faced with the challenge of getting ICCON into the Federal Government’s budget. The ICCON President reminded Mrs. Eke that, her retirement notwithstanding, the Institute will continue to call upon her to render useful services required for its development and expressed the hope that she will always oblige her services to ICCON.

Speeches of encomium were also given by other Council members present, as well as the representative of the Federal Ministry of Health.  
In her response, Mrs. Eke expressed delight at the honour done her by the Institute. Going down memory lane, the former Registrar recalled the nascent stages of the Secretariat’s development and the attendant challenges encountered in setting it up. She expressed fulfillment at the level the Institute has attained and hoped there would be even greater strides in the near future. Mrs. Eke also expressed her willingness to offer her services to ICCON whenever the need arises.

The highlight of the event was the presentation of a giant sized generator to Mrs. Eke as a token of appreciation from ICCON. Similarly, a flat screen computer set was presented to Mrs. Ezediaro who was unavoidably absent and whose gift was received on her behalf by a staff of the Institute, Mrs. Nkechi Eboh. 

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