‘Supporting manufacturing sector will facilitate wealth creation’
The National President, Nigeria Society of Chemical Engineers, Mr. Saidu Mohammed has said that the Society has grown from been an advocacy group to one that recommends implementable solutions to industrial issues in the country.
Speaking in Lagos ahead of the 51st Annual Conference and 50th anniversary of the association with the theme, ‘Chemical Engineering and the Changing World,’ he disclosed that for a country to develop beyond trading activities, there is need for a manufacturing base approach to creating job opportunities and other economic benefits.
“No nation can truly claim to have developed, if they are engaged in mere trading activities. Development comes through establishment of a robust manufacturing base, which creates a window of opportunities, including creation of jobs and other economic benefits.”
He said that chemical engineers had contributed towards ensuring the survival of humanity despite the negative impact of the changes as well as seeking improvements in the quality of life through innovations.
In the area of food production, Mohammed said that the society have developed advanced techniques and artificial additives, noting that the development has reduced the threat of food packaging as well as increased the shelf life of packed foods.
He noted that the planned 2020 annual Conference and 50th anniversary of the society could not hold as a result of COVID-19 pandemic but a virtual seminar was held.
The president pointed out that the products that depend on chemical engineering are from an array of industries that play a key role in the economy, which is part of the reason the society is collaborating with the Manufacturing Association o Nigeria (MAN) in solving some of the industrial issues in the country.
“We are today working with MAN and have succeeded in solving some of the industrial issues like production evacuation, taxation and capacity development”