WorldStage Newsonline– Institute of Chartered Chemists of Nigeria (ICCON) has said that it will establish a world-class research and development centre in Abuja to enhance chemical research and development in the country.
The Registrar of the institute, Mr Jwalshik Wilford, made the disclosure during the 12th ICCON mandatory continuing development workshop on Wednesday in Abuja.
The theme of the workshop was “The Synergistic Relationship Between Chemistry and Pharmacy and its Impact on Advancement in Drugs Development in Nigeria.”
Wilford said that the centre would be known as ICCON Research and Development Centre (IRDC), adding that the project was aimed at changing the narrative in the development of chemical research in Nigeria.
The registrar explained that drug production required the services of chemists and so there was a good reason to ensure that chemistry and pharmacy work together to develop pharmaceutical research in the country.
He added that “most pharmaceutical companies around the world hire people with research experience and advanced degrees, especially in organic chemistry which shows that these two professions are inseparable.
“I am optimistic that the workshop will greatly assist all participants in their critical functions in drug development in Nigeria.”
Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, the Director General of National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) said that the origins and advancements of pharmacy, chemistry and drug development are interwoven in nature.
She added that drug development was a complex, lengthy and expensive process and that pharmaceutical companies recognised that drug development process required optimism for efficiency in view of the return on investments.
“The industry has surely found dependable allies in chemistry and pharmacy as both professions proved invaluable to the drug development process with a synergistic partnership that promotes the growth of the pharmaceutical industry.
“As stakeholders, we must continue to push for increased research in drug development in Nigeria, especially in the herbal medicine sector.
“Pharma industry and academia collaboration must be encouraged to promote technology transfer to bring new medicines from bench to bedside.”
Prof. Abdullahi Zuru, the Vice Chancellor, Usmanu Danfodio University, Sokoto, urged chemists to project themselves and act as professionals.
The vice chancellor said “we are now looking at improved synergy between chemists and pharmacists.
“As chemists, we have been honoured with the micro and macro knowledge of atoms and molecules.
“We also have the knowledge of the forces that control interactions between atoms and molecules. Everything you have in the world today came about from the combination of these molecules and atoms.
“A chemist can transform anything of his or her desires and therefore, should be at the vanguard of development.”