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The Chemical Society of Nigeria CSN, the umbrella body of all professional Nigerian Chemists has pledged its full support for the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 to ensure total defeat of the coronavirus pandemic. The President of the Society, Professor Sunday Olawale OKENIYI made the pledge recently on behalf of the society, while presenting the hygienically produced, high quality instant hand sanitizers of the society, named CHEMSOTIZER and nose masks to the Presidential Task Force Team on covid-19 in Abuja. He said the CSN was making the gesture because it saw it as a duty to contribute its own corporate social responsibility to the current fight against combating the spread of the coronavirus pandemic and also to complement the efforts of PTF on Covid-19 at federal and state levels in the fight against the pandemic. He commended the PTF for its efforts at the federal and state levels in ensuring that lives of Nigerians were safe. 

Professor OKENIYI said: “We are aware that the current outbreak of the novel coronavirus, which is of the betaCov lineage is very contagious and causing many deaths among the vulnerable, influential members of our societies and health care professionals”. He therefore said that the society deemed it fit to look inward and pooled resources together to produce the instant drying sanitizer, pointing out that the CSN also commissioned another highly rated Industry to mass produce nose masks so that it would  be hygienically made and of good quality and standard. The president also extended the hands of fellowship of the society to the team; when he said inter alia that: “On our part, our doors are open and we are available to give any technical advice and support to the fight towards achieving the desired objectives and with your unalloyed support, we are confident of carrying out more herculean tasks and prove to the world that Nigeria is a great country that can rely on her professionals in combatting future challenges”.

Receiving the CHEMSOTIZERS and NOSE MASKS from the President, Permanent Secretary General Services in the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, OSGF, Mr. Olusegun Adekunle who stood in for the PTF Covid-19 chairman, Mr.  Boss Mustapha said Nigeria could not afford to come out of this pandemic without lessons learnt and systems put in place to combat future challenges. He stressed the importance of research activities in situations like this and announced that the PTF and the Central Bank of Nigeria CBN had created a platform for research funding. He therefore called on CSN and other Researchers to take advantage of the platform and send in their proposals for consideration. According to him, the PTF is looking forward to a greater synergy with professional bodies like the CSN in order to achieve greater results. While encouraging Nigerians to undertake essential travels only, he said the new slogan in the protection and prevention of the virus among the citizens, both the vulnerable and the influential during this current community transmission stage should be “COVID-19 must stop with me.”

In his remarks, the National Coordinator, Presidential Task Force on COVID 19, Dr Sani Aliyu described the Pandemic as the most challenging health emergency of our time. According to him, no community in the world is immune from the pandemic adding that we have to build our own system to fight it. Dr Aliyu warned that the pandemic would not ease out soon and said that Nigerians should take responsibility individually and as a people as we expect higher fatality figures in the coming months. He also advised Nigerians to take proper care of their elderly relations to protect them from contracting the virus. He also reiterated the essence of using high quality and standardized products like the CSN Chemsotizer in the fight against the pandemic and called for closer collaboration between the CSN and PTF on Covid-19 in the area of research, innovation and production of high quality and standard products meant for the fight against the pandemic.      

 

The Chemical Society of Nigeria, Ogun State Chapter has been actively involved in various activities ranging from organizing award/prize giving day for Zonal and State Champions of the chapter chemistry competition and teachers in schools representing the chapter at the National competition
Listed below are some of the major activities undertaken by the Chapter for the past two months:
1.Holding of regular bimonthly Chapter meetings of the Society
2.Bimonthly holding of impactful seminars on various topics
3.Registration of new members and revitalization of some campuses/industries participation at meetings
4.The Chapter paid a Courtsey Visit to one of the Society’s Fellows, Prof. Akan Williams, the DVC of Covenant University, Ota, Ogun State
5.The maiden edition of Prof. Abayomi Jiboku/CSN Chemistry Quiz Competition in Ogun State has commenced with the first stage of the competition starting on 8th June, 2019
6.Two of our Chapter Members defended their PhD thesis in June, 2019
We do hope to strive more to achieve remarkable outputs.

 Thank you.

      alcAttendees at the last Chapter Meeting Held on 18th May, 2019 at the Covenant University, Ota, Ogun State

 

                       Cross section of Chapter Executive at the Courtsey call Cross section of Chapter Executive at the Courtsey call

 


 

 

Adeyinka O. Fasakin has been appointed as the Representative of Nigeria to the International Union for Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC). The Lecturer at the Department of Industrial Chemistry, Ekiti State University, Ado Ekiti will serve the Union in Division VIII - Chemical Nomenclature and Structure Representation. We wish him a successful tenure.

It was all celebration at its peak among Chemists in Cross River State as the Cross River State Chapter of the Chemical Society of Nigeria conducted a successful election that gave birth to a new executive of the Chapter. This excitement was well expected from members of the society (CSN-CRS Chapter) following the temporal short down and the absence of the Chapter for over a decade from the activities of the National body.
The election that was anchored by the Interim Caretaker Committee made up of Prof. A. Ayuk (Chairman), Prof. P. C. Okafor (Member) and Dr. Fidelis Abeng (Secretary) was held on the 31st of May, 2019 at 2pm in the Seminar Room of the Department of Pure & Applied Chemistry, University of Calabar, and Calabar.

Chemist from all over the State including those from University of Calabar, Cross River University of Technology, Calabar, College of Education, Akamkpa, Federal College of Education, Obudu, Industries and Organizations were all in attendance. The election process which began with presentation of manifesto by all contestants gave birth to the following executive officers:

 

S/N

Name

Organisation

Position

1

Dr. Ben Ugi

University of Calabar

Chairman

2

Mr. Plasidius U. Ubua

University of Calabar

Vice Chairman

3.

Mrs. Mildred Okon

(Crutech)

Secretary

4

Mr. Cyril Akiba

P. E. Bitumen Resources Nig. Ltd

Asst. Secretary

5

Dr. Fidelis Abeng

Crutech

Fin. Secretary

6

Mr. Emmanuel Bisong

University of Calabar

Treasurer

7

Mr. Providence Ashishie

University of Calabar

Publicity Secretary

8

Mr. Solomon Okafor

(Lafarge Africa Plc

Chemistry Comp. Coord

The Head of the Department of Pure & Applied Chemistry, University of Calabar, Prof. Orok Oyo-Ita charged the newly elected executive to be dedicated to their responsibilities and ensure fairness in delivering their duties. Responding by way of acceptance speech, the Chairman, Dr. Ben Ugi thanked all for coming out in their number for the election and trusting him with their votes to the position of the Chapter Chairman. He pledged his determination to raise the chapter to an enviable height, make his leadership open and contributive and ensure accountability.
High point of the event was swearing in and taking of oath of office by the newly elected executive officers.

The 2018 Chemistry Competition Award ceremony held on he 10th of November 2018 at the Conference Center of the Petroleum Training Institute Effurun  was a huge success. The total number of persons in attendance were 402 comprising of students , teachers,  parents,  guests,  CSN members and a delegation  from Chevron Nigeria Limited

The Chevron delegation was led by Mr Tony Emegere, , the Superintendent, Policy, Government and Public affairs  Warri,  who represented the Managing Director Mr. Jeffrey Ewing.

The Chairman of the occasion was Prof. Sunday Okeniyi President Chemical Society of Nigeria who was ably represented by Dr Peter Berezi, Chairman Awards Committee . The National Publicity Secretary Mr Kehinde Oisemaye was also in attendance

The Commissioner of Education (Basic/Secondary) Barrister Chiedu Ebie was represented  by the Director, Science and Vocational Studies Mrs K. Oderhorhwo. Plaques, certificates, books and cash gifts were given to students, teachers and schools that excelled accordingly.

The guest lecturer Prof Samuel Chuks O. Ugbolue  the Dean of Physical Sciences and Director of Academic Planning and Quality Assurance of  Edwin Clark University Kiagbodo Delta State spoke on the topic " The Role of Chemistry in Transforming Nigeria to a Diversified Industrialized Econnomy ". The highlight of the lecture was that Chemistry as the bedrock of science plays a major role in diversifying the economy  with its impact ranging from agro to polymers, textiles,  medical,  pharmaceutical,  manufacturing etc  and also in managing the consequences of the activities of these industries in a sustainable and environmentally friendly manner.

A short video clip on “The Wonders of Chemistry” was shown to stimulate  the students to pursue a career in Chemistry and create an awareness on the importance of Chemistry to the general audience .

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Since the foundation of the Women in Chemistry (Nigeria) division of the Chemical Society of Nigeria in 2015, a major activity is organized yearly for Women Chemists. The activity for this year was the 1st training Workshop for Women Chemists held in Abuja on the 24th and 25th of May, 2018 with the theme: Empowering Women Chemists for Leadership and Global Impact. The targets of the Workshop were 1). Encouragement of Women in Chemistry (Nigeria) to global impact. 2) Enlightenment on intellectual property and entrepreneurship opportunities for female Chemists 3) Equipment of female Chemists with technical skills and expertise on selected scientific equipment 4) Strengthening networking amongst Women in Chemistry 5) Sensitization of the girl child on the prospects of a career in Chemistry.

The two day workshop began with an Opening Ceremony on the 24th of May with participants, female secondary school students and several guests at the Auditorium, Raw Materials Research and Development Council, Aguiyi Ironsi Street, Maitama District, Abuja. Prof. Sunday O. Okeniyi, President Chemical Society of Nigeria (CSN) and Dr. Cynthia N. Ibeto, Coordinator, Women in Chemistry (Nigeria) gave their welcome addresses. Prof. Okeniyi stressed that the woman is the wheel that drives families and the society at large. He also added that empowerment and motivation are the two major tools needed to make women interested in taking leadership roles.  Dr. Ibeto emphasized the need to not only enhance the skills and education of women and girls but also to awaken in them their innate capacities for leadership and advancement of society. A key note address on “The achievements of female Chemists globally” was delivered by the Vice President, Federation Africa Society of Chemists and immediate past CSN president, Prof. Gloria Ukalina Obuzor. This was followed by the 1st plenary lecture on “Grant writing”, presented by Dr. Inam Edu. The second plenary lecture on “Intellectual property and Entrepreneurship opportunities for women in Chemistry” was presented by Dr. Grace O. Ogunlusi while the last plenary Lecturer, Prof. Fanna Abdulrahaman spoke on “Confidence building and risk taking towards leadership roles”. A grant writing activity commenced before the end of the program for the 1st day.

The second day of the workshop was for the training on the use of Gas Chromatograph-Mass Spectrometer (GC-MS) and Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrophotometer (FTIR) which were selected based on their relevance to Chemists. This held at the National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development, Idu Industrial Area, Idu-Abuja. At the end of the workshop, the participants requested that the program should be a yearly event for Female Chemists. Also, it was good to know that the workshop has led to the formation of some research groups.

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The Chemical Society of Nigeria announce its 41st Annual International Conference, Workshop, Exhibition and General Meeting


Theme: Chemical Sciences in an Emerging Economy issues, Prospects, and Opportunities
Date: Sunday 16th - Friday 21st September 2018.

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The Women in Chemistry, Chemical Society of Nigeria, announces her Ist training workshop for Women Chemists.
Theme: Empowering Women Chemists for Leadership and Global Impact
Date:24th and 25th May, 2018.

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ChemFest marked the finale of Chemistry Week, an annual event that celebrates Chemistry through hands-on activities, educational tour, knowledge clips, and games.

The 2018 edition of award ceremony to reward participants in the Awokoya Memorial Chemistry Competition for Secondary Schools took place at the Main Auditorium, Petroleum Training Institute (PTI) Conference Centre, Effurun on Saturday 10th November, 2018.

The program was organized by Chemical Society of Nigeria, Delta Chapter in partnership with NNPC/ Chevron joint venture and Delta State ministry of education.

The occasion was chaired by the President, Chemical Society of Nigeria, Prof. S.O. Okeniyi who was ably represented by the Chair Awards Committee, Dr. E.P. Berezi. The Chevron Managing Director, Mr. Jeffrey Ewing was represented by Mr. Tony Emegere PGPA Supt., Chevron Nigeria Limited.

Prof. Samuel Chuks O. Ugbolue, the first Professor of Polymer Science and Textile Technology in the Nigerian University system, who also is the Dean of Faculty of Science and Director of Academic Planning and Quality Assurance at the Edwin Clark University, Kiagbodo delivered the guest lecture of the day.

Master Ate Ovie Great of Nepa Staff School, Sapele took the first position while second and third went to Master Gogfo Ataisikup and Master Oyawiri Martin both of Government College, Ughelli and Our Saviour Secondary School, Sapele respectively.

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