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Date: 2010-02-02 06:04:30
ICCON expands coast at second induction


The Institute of Chartered Chemists of Nigeria (ICCON) scored a double as it inducted the second batch of its members and held its maiden Annual General Meeting (AGM) on November 7, 2007.
The events which were held on the same day at the National Centre for Women Development (NCWD), Garki, Abuja, attracted a mammoth crowd surpassing the one recorded at the first induction held in Lagos on March 29, 2007.

Over eight hundred successful candidates who scaled through the Membership Committee’s screening exercise were inducted into the different categories.

The event was graced by top government functionaries who included President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, represented by the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Science and Technology, Dr. M. Aliyu; the Honourable Minister of Health, represented by Pharm. (Mrs.) J.A. Ugwu; the Senior Special Assistant to the President in the Office of the Chief of Staff, Princess Gloria Iweka; the Director-General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Prof. (Mrs.) Dora Akunyili; a member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Niyi Akinyugha;  Registrars of Institutes under the Federal Ministry of Health etc.

In his welcome address, the President and Chairman of the Council of ICCON, Mr. Harry C. Okolo expressed satisfaction with the progress being made by the nascent Institute and looked forward to more giant strides in its bid to carry out its mandate.

In an address read on her behalf by Pharm. (Mrs.) J.A. Ugwu, the Minister of Health, Prof. (Mrs.) Adenike Grange congratulated ICCON on its successes so far and challenged the Institute’s Governing Council to ensure that ICCON contributes its own quota towards improving the health of Nigerians in line with the “Vision 2020” Programme of the present administration. She acknowledged the crucial role of Chemistry in Man’s daily life and promised that ICCON, which is a parastatal of her Ministry, would continue to enjoy an enabling environment from both the Ministry and sister parastatals in the quest to professionalize the practice of Chemistry in Nigeria.

Also speaking, the Director-General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Prof. (Mrs.) Dora Akunyili expressed joy at being identified with the event and was particularly elated that five members of her staff were being inducted into the Fellowship of ICCON. She expressed satisfaction with the invaluable contributions of Chemists in the employment of NAFDAC and called for synergy between her organization and ICCON in the quest to ensure that quality is accorded its due place in the Nigerian market.

The representative of President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua who is also the Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology, Dr. M. Aliyu stated that the President’s enthusiasm for ICCON made him to personally instruct him (Aliyu) on phone to grace the occasion and convey his goodwill message to the Institute. Dr. Aliyu, an engineer by profession, asserted that the role of chemistry in the fields of engineering and science/technology cannot be over-emphasized and so encouraged ICCON to sustain its current trend of progress. He further urged all chemists, especially the inductees to uphold the integrity of the chemistry profession in Nigeria.

The high point of the occasion was the swearing in of the new inductees by the ICCON President, which took place after the orientation lecture given by the Institute’s Registrar and Chief Executive Officer, Mrs. Gladys Eke.


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