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ICCON Act critical to protecting chemical space – Experts

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The Chemical Society of Nigeria (CSN) has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to sign the amended Institute of Chartered Chemists of Nigeria (ICCON) Act into law. It commended the National Assembly for passing the Bill.

According to CSN officials, when the amended ICCON Act is signed into law, it will adequately secure, protect and safe the chemical space in Nigeria.

The plea for the President’s endorsement on the Act was contained in a communique signed by the President of CSN, Professor Sunday Olawale Okeniyi at the end of the Society’s 42nd Annual International Conference and 4th African Conference on Research in Chemistry Education (ACRICE).

The conference themed ‘Chemistry Education and Sustainable Development’ recommended curriculum review in the educational space, which should be regular and industry driven, to concentrate more on practical knowledge than theory, which will instill entrepreneurial skills in students.

It also suggested synergy between academia and the industry to facilitate transfer of chemistry research outputs to industries for appropriate investments.
 
“For Nigeria to experience industrial revolution, chemistry must be driven by appropriate positioning. Chemistry, as a discipline, should be supported, as it is pivotal to achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 17 in Nigeria.”


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