The Polymer Institute of Nigeria (PIN) has disclosed that with the pool of professionals in its fold and proper utilization of their knowledge and skills, there is hope for Nigeria’s quest to diversify the economy through industrialization.
National President of the Inistitute, Dr. Paul Mamza who disclosed this during a visit to the Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu in Abuja, said there is urgent need to diversify the economic base of the country.
According to him, “The Polymer scientists and engineers can play a pivotal role in re-defining our hidden and non-exploited potentials. Nigeria must move swiftly from a consumer-oriented society to a productive one and science and technology holds the key to open-up new vistas of prosperity.
“With vast pool of professionals in our institute and proper utilization of their knowledge and skills, there is hope looming at the horizon”, he stated.
Mamza noted that “Nigeria is at cross-roads of history, the Nigerian economy is in its doldrums, we are blessed with the abundance of both human and material resources yet we are languishing at the bottom third of all indices of human development inspite of having the 6th largest producer of crude and the 7th largest natural gas reserve in the world”.
He said the institute desires to pursue the mandate of “enhancing and promoting scientific and technological development in the area of plastics, paints, adhesives, elastomers, pigments and others had sent a bill to the National Assembly for Chartering”.
Dr. Mamza explained that when the institute is chartered it will regulate the promotion, advancement and development of all applications of polymer science, engineering and technology in the polymer and allied industries in Nigeria.
“It will also ensure the professional integrity of and status of of all persons engaged in polymer science, engineering and technology by prescribing standard of experience and efficiency with the accreditation of manpower training programmes in polymer and polymer-related areas”, he added.
In his response, Dr. Onu needs to take deliberate steps towards the industralisation of its economy in order to achieve food security, protect its people and create jobs for Nigerians.
Onu noted that with huge availability of natural gas in the country and diverse use of polymer, the institute would receive federal government support to exploit its potentials to the fullest.
The Minister charged them to make sure they explore to the fullest the potentials of polymer science and technology which is very important and is also the key to pursue rapid industrialization in Nigeria.
According to him, “It is only through industrialization that we would be in a position to produce the things we need, we would be in a stronger position to secure the nation, through industrialization and meet the needs of our people. Polymer will help the nation in all polymer related industries and many of the products that we need for both Nigerians living in the urban or rural areas of the country”.
He called on the institute to ensure that “we produce enough to meet the needs of our people through industrialization. We would be in a position to guarantee food security because that is the only way we can effectively and effectively produce food.
“It is extremely important that we industrialize,” he stressed. In Nigeria, we must be in a position to produce everything we need and polymer science and technology is very important because there are so many polymer related industries; we have the raw materials to explore efficiently the contribution of polymer to science and technology and to nation building,” Dr. Onu added. [Download]