According to reports, the Chemical Society of Nigeria (CSN) has raised the alarm that global chemical warfare remained a threat to Nigeria’s economy.
To this end, the Society suggested that, as a matter of urgency, a step down workshop should be organised as a precursor to the introduction of green chemistry to arrest the situation.
It, therefore, urged the Federal Government to key into the green chemistry initiative by advocating a bio-based economy.
The CSN also called on Government to develop robust and reliable censors for detection of chemicals, biological and radioactive agents in the environment.
These are some of the recommendations made by delegates to a 4 -day international conference and workshop of the Society which ended in Kaduna at the weekend.
The theme of the conference was,“Green chemistry as a catalyst for economic growth and national security”
This was contained In a communiqué, signed by the CSN President, Professor Sunday Olawale Okeniyi, at the end of the event.
“Nigeria’s economy is increasingly being threatened because of chemical warfare, the use of chemicals and drugs and violence against humanity across the globe.
“We will take CSN to higher height and encourage synergy with similar organisations across the globe in the interest of national development.
“We pledge our unalloyed loyalty to the Federal Government of Nigeria and to assist private individuals towards implementing its recommendations.
“We are also calling on government at all levels to strengthen regulatory and legal framework in order to reinforce chemical security in the country because it will reduce global chemical threat and prevent terrorist access to chemical weapons,” the communiqué said.
More than 600 delegates from all over the world attended the conference.