ICCON Recognizes PZ Cussons for Supporting the Learning of Chemistry in Nigeria

 L-R: Head,
Corporate Services Division, Institute of Chartered Chemist of Nigeria,
 Ms Rita  Michael-Ojo, presenting the ICCON Merit Award to Executive
Director Corporate Affairs, PZ Cussons Nigeria Plc, Mrs Yomi Ifaturoti in Lagos.

The Institute of Chartered Chemists
of Nigeria (ICCON) has presented a merit award to PZ Cussons Nigeria Plc
for promoting the study and learning of Chemistry in Nigeria. The award was presented to the
company at an award ceremony held recently in Lagos.
The ICCON, established
by Decree 91 of 1993 is statutorily charged with the responsibility of
regulating the teaching and practice of chemistry profession in Nigeria.  The body is a parastatal
of the Federal Ministry of Health
with the vision “to recreate situations
that will impact positively on the nation, while providing professional
protection to members”.


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Speaking at the ceremony,Head
Corporate Service, Institute of Chartered Chemists of Nigeria, Mrs.
Rita Michael-Ojo,
noted that, as endorsers of the PZ Cussons Chemistry
Challenge
, it is only right to recognize the company’s support for
Chemistry as both a subject and a profession.
Her words that, ‘as a body saddled with responsibility to
put in place regulatory framework for the practice of chemistry, we have
monitored PZ Cussons activities around the profession and it has become clear
that the company from all its activities has been in the forefront of bringing
to the consciousness of Nigerians the importance of chemistry to our everyday
life’
. ‘It is not out of place to
support
and recognize such a company,
while urging other organizations to emulate the gesture of PZ Cussons’.
In response to the
award,Executive Director Corporate Affairs, PZ
Cussons
Nigeria Plc,Mrs Yomi
Ifaturoti
stated that ICCON has supported PZ Cussons Chemistry Challenge
for 3 years running and are committed to giving the competition the needed
backing.

L-R:
 Director, PZ Cussons Consumer Nigeria Plc; Mr Christos Giouras,
 Executive Director  Corporate Affairs; Yomi Ifaturoti, Head,
Corporate Services Division, Institute of Chartered Chemist of Nigeria Ms Rita
Michael-Ojo
,; General Manager, External Affairs, PZ Cussons Nigeria Plc; Mr
Mohammed Tahir,
and  the Company Secretary, Mrs. Abiola Laseinde, at the
presentation of ICCON Merit Award to PZ Cussons in Lagos.

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Ifaturoti further explained
the award is a way to encourage us to do more, as we focus on creating awareness
for the important role chemistry
plays in our everyday life. She said the company
decided to focus on the subject because “chemistry
is everywhere;   the air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we
eat, are all functions of Chemistry.”
She regretted that many youths
nowadays are moving away from sciences and going to art subjects because they
think science is difficult, saying that when students are afraid of a
particular subject, the task falls on the teacher and all concerned
stakeholders to join hands to find exciting ways of teaching the subject.
Launched in 2007, PZ Cussons
Nigeria Foundation
has been helping Nigerian communities by supporting
projects in the areas of roads, and other infrastructural improvements like
water, sanitation, health and education. The Foundation has completed over 50
projects in different parts Nigeria.

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