Speech by the National President, Polymer Institute of Nigeria (PIN), Prof.
Paul Mamza, FPIN, FICCON, FCSN at the
opening ceremony of the 29th Annual Technical Conference holding in
Bayero University, Kano between 24th - 27th October,
I’m very delighted to welcome you all to the 29th Annual Technical Conference/Annual General Meeting holding in the “Commercial City of Kano”.
The theme of this year’s conference is ‘Polymers and
the quest for Industrial Revolution in Nigeria. The choice of Kano for this
conference is therefore apt, because Kano is the hub of Industrial activities
in the Northern part of Nigeria and a conference of this nature is geared
towards addressing some of the challenges plaguing the Polymer Industry
vis-à-vis, the Nigerian economy.
Nigeria is currently facing huge economic challenges.
There’s the urgent need for the diversification of the Nigerian economy. The
manufacturing activities are fast depleting in Nigeria.
The Federal Government is hereby advised to provide
financial support and equipment to manufacturers of Made-In-Nigeria goods to
boost Gross Domestic Production (GDP). Such backing would also strengthen
indigenous manufacturers to produce locally made goods that could compete
favorably with the imported ones.
Investment in Public-Private-Partnership (PPP)
determines the end results of successes to be achieved in such joint venture.
The success of PPP towards adding value to Made-In-Nigeria goods and services is a mixture of hard work, zeal, patriotism, diligence, favourable policy formulation, collective patronage and national commitment.
I urged the key operators of government to patronize Made-In-Nigeria goods in order to encourage others to key in. Both the leadership and followership in Nigeria must work assiduously towards economic sustainability and technological prosperity of the country. However, Science and Technology hold the key to rapid industrialization of Nigeria. All levels of government must invest heavily in the scientific and technological aspects of governance to enhance Nigeria’s efforts to take its rightful place in the comity of nations. This is necessary for the country to be truly independent and egalitarian. Nigeria had abundant local raw materials yet to be exploited and their exploitation would bring about the required diversification of the nation’s economy and its economic prosperity. Exploits into Polymer materials offer more commercially viable opportunities in this regard
3.0 Brief History of PIN
Permit me at this junction to briefly introduce PIN for the benefit of our distinguished guests. The Institute was established by the Company act of 1968 of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in August, 1991 though the Polymer Institute of Nigeria had been in existence since July, 1989. The Institute is to, amongst others promote, advance and develop the application of Polymer Science, Engineering and Technology in the polymer and allied Industries in Nigeria and acts as a Professional body for prescribing standard of experience and efficiency in the research and education in all facets of Polymer Science, Engineering and Technology.
3.1 Chartering of PIN
The Polymer Institute of Nigeria has come of age. The bill for the establishment of Chartered Polymer Institute of Nigeria has passed third reading in the floor of the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria awaiting concurrence in the House of Representatives and final assent by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
When Chartered, PIN shall be the flagship of
legislation, policy formulation and enforcement of standards in Polymer and
allied industries in Nigeria. It will also set standards for the accreditation
of Polymer courses in all relevant Institutions of learning.
Let me thank the Chairman PIN Board of Directors,
Chief Alexis N. Ajuebon, the GMD, Flour mills, plc, Lagos, Mr Paul Gbededo,
Former Presidents of PIN Engr. Kunle Ogunade and Ms. May Ikokwu and other
notable contributors to this laudable project.
Collaboration with Other Agencies/Parastatals
I am glad to report that the Raw Materials Research and Development Council (RMRDC) One million naira (₦1,000,000.00) yearly Institutional Award competition to promote Excellence in the area of Polymer Research in higher institutions and research institutes have come to stay. The results of the assessment for this year’s entries show that:
(1) 1st Prize winner - Ejiogu Ibe from the
Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria
(2) 2nd Prize winner - Ibekwe Fidelis from
Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki
(3) 3rd Prize winner - Mohammed Auwalu Usman, Ibrahim
Momo Jimoh and Abdullahi Gimba from University of Lagos and Yaba College of Technology, Lagos
Furthermore, the Institute has been working in collaboration with National Board of Technical Education (NBTE), the Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON), the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology and the Federal Ministry of Environment.
5.0 PIN Secretariat
The current PIN leadership had moved from the former site situated at plot 519, OluAwotesu Street, Jabi District Abuja to a new Secretariat Building at Suite 29 and 30 Decent Plaza, Behind G.S.S Gwarimpa, Life camp, Abuja located in a more serene environment. The Institute is however still searching for plots of land as site for a permanent Secretariat in Abuja.
6.0 Polymers and the Quest for Industrial Revolution in Nigeria
Nigeria is presently at cross roads and Nigerians had never had it so rough. The economy is in shambles while the recovery effort is slow. There must be giant strides towards industrialization and revival of ailing industries, if the country must follow the path of economic recovery. The Nigerian economic potentials must move away from over dependence on crude oil proceeds to investment in Science and Technology and vitalization of manufacturing activities.
The Institute will offer its professional expertise to
help Nigeria in its economic recovery efforts. The keynote address will be
delivered by a renowned Industrialist and seasoned Administrator, Mr. Taiwo
Adeniyi The Group Managing Director, Vitafoam, Nigeria, Plc, makers of Vitafoam
products. He will no doubt address these
prevailing issues and concerns. The lead speakers for today are; Prof. Samuel
C. O. Ugbolue, an erudite scholar per excellence, a celebrated researcher of
repute and a Professor of Polymer Science, Textile Engineering and Nanotechnology,
Prof. Johannes A. M. Awudza an astute researcher from the Kwame Nkrumah
University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana will also add much flavor
to this discourse by giving us the Ghana’s Experience.
This year’s Conference will come to a climax tomorrow,
26th October, 2018 with the Award Night Ceremony at Bristol Palace Hotel,
54-56 Guda Abdullahi Road, Farm Centre, Tarauni, Kano where fellowship of the
Institute will be conferred on deserving personalities who have contributed
immensely to the practice and propagation of Polymer Science and Technology
knowledge and skills in Nigeria. These eminent Industrialists, scholars and
1. Dr. Maikanti K. Baru, The Group Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC Towers, Abuja.
2. Mr. Taiwo Adeniyi, The Group Managing Director, Vitafoam Nigeria, Plc, Ikeja Lagos.
3. Prof. Muhammad Yahuza Bello, The Vice Chancellor, Bayero University, Kano (Honorary).
4. Engr. John R. Umoh, NNPC Towers, Abuja, who was a former Vice President (Finance) of the Polymer Institute of Nigeria and
5. Dr. (Princess) Marline Waziri, Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON), Abuja, who was also a former Vice President (Finance) of the Polymer Institute of Nigeria.
Let me appreciate the presence of our past Presidents at this occasion and pay glowering tributes to them. I am indebted to all our stakeholders in our collective drive towards the Chartering of PIN. Words alone cannot quantify any gratitude to our amiable Chairman, PIN Board of Directors, Chief Alexis N. Ajuebon, Managing Director, ANA Industries ltd Port Harcourt, Mr. Paul Gbededo, the Group Managing Director, Flour Mills Nigeria, Plc, Apapa Lagos, Chief (Dr.) Innocent Akuvue, the Managing Director, GGI International ltd, Port Harcourt, Dr. H. D. Ibrahim, the Director-General, RMRDC, Abuja, Mr. Taiwo Adeniyi, Group Managing Director, Vitafoam Nigeria, Plc, Lagos, Professor Muhammad Yahuza Bello, the Vice Chancellor, Bayero University, Kano, Prof. B. T. Nwufo, the Secretary to the Board of PIN/Past President and Dr. Maikanti Kachalla Baru, the Group Managing Director, NNPC for their support to the Institute.
The Individual efforts of our Professional colleagues is highly appreciated. To our versatile elders and veterans of our great Institute, I say thank you for coming to always identify with the hopes and aspirations of our dear Institute. I pray that Almighty God will continue to give you good health and long life so that the Institute can continue to benefit from your words of advice and wisdom. Let me specially thank the Chairman, LOC, Dr. Haruna Musa and other members of the team for working tirelessly to see to the success of this Conference. We, at the Polymer Institute of Nigeria will ever remember these untiring sacrifices and contributions made by all and sundry. Finally, I salute the courage, resilience, commitment, loyalty and perseverance of our teeming members across Nigeria for the sustenance, growth and progress of the Institute. May God bless us.
Prof. Paul Mamza, FPIN, FICCON, FCSN