A COMMUNIQUE OF THE CHEMICAL SOCIETY OF NIGERIA (CSN)

A COMMUNIQUE OF THE CHEMICAL SOCIETY OF NIGERIA (CSN) ISSUED AT THE 38TH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE, WORKSHOP AND EXHIBITION HELD  IN COLLABORATION WITH FEDERATION OF AFRICAN SOCIETIES OF CHEMISTRY (FASC), AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY (ACS) AND ROYAL SOCIETY OF CHEMISTRY (RSC) AT THE ABUJA INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE CENTRE, ABUJA, FCT NIGERIA,
FROM SUNDAY, 6TH TO FRIDAY 11TH SEPTEMBER 2015


PREAMBLE

The Chemical Society of Nigeria (CSN) at her 38th Annual International Conference, Workshop and Exhibition held held  in collaboration with Federation of African Societies of Chemistry (FASC), American Chemical Society (ACS) and Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) at the Abuja International Conference Centre, Abuja, FCT, between Sunday 6th and Friday, 12th September 2015, in Plenary, deliberated extensively on the theme: “Shaping Chemistry of Natural Resources into Sustaiable Product Development for Combating Current and Future Challenges of Global Health and observed as follows that:

 Chemistry continues to make invaluable contributions to the advancement of human existence, including provision of disease remedies in the form of drugs and supplements and plant protection chemicals

Natural resources, which are materials or substances occurring in nature and which can be exploited for economic gain are the basis of all wealth, and without access to many of them, nations simply remain poor and may even die.

Natural resources are NOT limited to mineral deposits, as it is more usually understood.

Health is the physical, spiritual and emotional wellness of a person or nation and not just the absence of disease, even though the absence of disease ensures the other components of wellness.

Developing countries, including African countries like Nigeria, still import medicines at extreme high costs to combat existing and emerging diseases.

Nigeria, like other African countries, is endowed with a rich natural flora in its rain forest and savanna areas, which have lots of potential in drug discovery research.

A significant Indigenous knowledge base on herbal (natural resources-based) medicinal remedies and crop protection recipes, which is yet to be fully explored, does exist throughout the continent of Africa.

Nigerian Chemists in exploring these rich natural flora of the country in the past have discovered many naturally occurring compounds of high medicinal value, including anticonvulsant, anticancer, anti-tumor, etc substances

Interdisciplinary Research Approach is the new paradigm shaping the Chemistry of natural resources for drug discovery

 Modern combinatorial Chemistry is a complementary tool to the development of synthetic drugs based on leads from the chemistry of natural products

Learned scientific societies like CSN are veritable partners in shaping national development goals and policies, globally (e.g. ACS and RSC).

The Society further realises that:

Nigeria and indeed, Africa’s quest for a healthy population will continue to remain a dream, if the role of Chemistry in this quest remains neglected.

The assertion that Chemistry remains a dominant variable in the betterment of the human condition can become true if the people, both leaders and the lead, can show commitment and the will to promote the teaching and practice of the subject, as a priority.

The challenges of chemistry in national development are associated with bad leadership at all levels, instability of government policies, lack of political will, paucity of data for planning and inadequate resource allocation, leading to the ABSENCE OF THE CRITICAL MASS OF INFRASTRUCTURE AND INCENTIVE REQUIRED FOR RESEARCH INTO THE CHEMISTRY OF NATURAL PRODUCTS.

Having examined the issues related to its theme in plenary and over one hundred and fifty scientific oral/poster presentations, the Conference, therefore, recommends as follows:

In view of the vital and strategic roles of Chemistry and Chemists in overall national development, and specifically in the health sector, Government at all levels should involve the line national institutions of Chemistry – the Society (Chemical Society of Nigeria) and Institute (Institute of Chartered Chemists of Nigeria) as stakeholders in policy planning and implementation in the nation’s health management strategies. 

Government should, in recognition of the central role Chemistry plays in human life, develop a national policy and evolve a strategy to fund and manage research and development in all areas of Chemistry, in general, but also specifically reposition the line Institutes concerned with medical and pharmaceutical/medicinal chemistry research, with the view to mainstreaming the chemistry of natural products into the national research agenda.

Furthermore, Nigeria and other African countries, should take charge of the health challenges of citizens by utilizing the available abundant local (natural) resources such as plants to develop medicines, by

Harnessing existing Indigenous Knowledge in the use of plants in herbal medicine and

Deliberately fostering interdisciplinary research in shaping the chemistry of these natural resources towards drug development

Creating centers of excellence in research into the chemistry of its natural products

The Chemistry curriculum (at all levels) should be restructured to make the learning outcomes more amenable to problem-solving relevant to societal needs, employing available natural resources by value addition. 

In conclusion, the Chemical Society of Nigeria (CSN) pledges its loyalty to the Federal Government of Nigeria and offers its assistance to the government and the private sector in the implementation of the above recommendations. It also affirms its solidarity with its global partners, FASC, ACS and RSC in the quest to bring the fruits of chemistry to the doorstep of the average person, by pursuing Trendy Chemistry to guarantee a Greater Future!

LONG LIVE CHEMICAL SOCIETY OF NIGERIA!

LONG LIVE FEDERATION OF AFRICAN SOCIETIES OF CHEMISTRY

LONG LIVE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY

LONG LIVE ROYAL SOCIETY OF CHEMISTRY

LONG LIVE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OF NIGERIA!!

 

Prof. Gloria Ukalina Obuzor, FCSN, FICCON                                                   Akin Fawehinmi, MCSN, MICCON

                 President                                                                                   National Secretary

 

 

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