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Reps solicit to stop chemical products import

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By Abdulwasiu Usman

The House of Representatives backs up it solicits with legislation.

Given the tremendous advantage of harnessing Nigeria’s local chemical production industry, the country’s House of Representatives has denounced the notion of importing chemical products. Femi Gbajabiamila, who disclosed this at the public hearing of the Committee on Science and Technology in Abuja, notes that the house of representative is adopting legal means to back its urges. This is a movement towards developing, harnessing and enhancing the country’s local chemical products for exports to foreign countries.

This legislation is based on two bills: a bill for an Act to create the National Institute for Chemical Technology in Zaria, Kaduna State, and an Act to establish the Chartered Institute of Digital Technology and Development in Nigeria. The bill’s passage will provide various advantages to the nation, including internationally competitive and eco-friendly creative research in the processing and converting of indigenous raw materials into valuable chemicals. In addition, the bill will make available petrochemical products to advance chemical, biological, and synthetic fibre technologies for use in Nigeria’s industrial sector.

Chemical technology remains the bedrock of any progress.

Femi Gbajabiamila, represented by Minority Leader Rep. Peter Akpaterson, argues that the institute’s entreaties would strike a dead rock if legislation is not adopted, and he emphasizes that the 9th assembly would offer the necessary legal support. He claimed that despite Nigeria’s vast chemical resources, the government continued to rely on outside suppliers and that this trend poorly boded for the economy. Rep. Akpaterson boasts that his region is one of the most mineral-rich, but he is concerned that certain specialized research institutes need to provide better value addition.

Furthermore, the director general of the National Research Institute for Chemical and Technology in Zaria, Kaduna State, Professor Jeffery Barminas, maintained that chemical technology remained the bedrock of any developmental progress. He claims this is accomplished by using a wide range of chemically-produced goods. Prof. Barminas emphasized the significance of the expansion of chemical technology and industry, noting that more than 600 chemicals are due to it. Also, he criticized the influx of synthetic chemicals into the nation, arguing that they impede progress.

Government should invest more in chemical-related projects.

He claims the bill’s provisions would encourage more investment in the country’s chemical technologies, including its approximately $72 billion bitumen reserves. Prof. Barminas argued that it is imperative to stop the importation of chemical goods, and he noted that the institution would gain access to resources and expertise if the measure were to pass. Growth in this sector, he said, would improve people’s lives in Nigeria as it would allow the nation to import essential goods like metals and pharmaceuticals. The legislation is necessary, among other things, to achieve sustained excellence and to conform to worldwide standards in chemical technology and chemical product development.

Minister of Science and Technology’s Senior Technical Assistant, Mr. Mej Bassey, has argued for the need for legislation to govern public participation in the field. He suggested the government should invest more funds in chemical-related projects, given the adverse impact chemicals have on the environment. Especially today, when security concerns have arisen due to persons with inadequate chemical understanding and improper goods, the moment has come, in his opinion, to discuss use and legal implications.

The bill will hasten the country’s economic development.

It is intended that the legislation would provide a framework for the safe and effective management of chemicals. The committee chairman, Representative Beni Lar, praised the bill’s architect and said it would hasten the country’s economic development. Chemicals have several useful end products that can be used to combat global warming. This is because, compared to materials like wood, paper, or metal, their carbon impact is often more negligible throughout their existence. Also, they facilitate energy conservation and the shift to a system that uses less carbon-based fuels.


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jdpumping
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1 year ago

This is a lofty idea for import of chemical products Tobe stopped but rather imported in Nigeria because the bedrock of any nation is supported also it’s chemical produced for several usage .

Iyanu12345ogg
Iyanu12345ogg
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1 year ago

Despite the county having great size of chemical resources, the govt still continued to rely on outside suppliers…too bad!… I urge the govt to invest more funds in chemical-related projects, given the impact chemicals have on the environment.

Last edited 1 year ago by Iyanu12345ogg
Adeolastan
Adeolastan
Member
1 year ago

There is no reason for the country to be importing chemical from any country because Nigeria is blessed with 98% of the chemical imported which can be produced in the country but lack of focus and improper planing has really done bad to the country.

Abusi
Abusi
Member
1 year ago

So far we have very good chemical products which we create ourselves and it will be in circulation, then we can stop the importation of chemical products from other countries. We need to be able to also export to other countries.

Christiana
Christiana
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1 year ago

The government of Nigeria continued to import chemicals despite the country’s abundant chemical resources, which was a worrying sign for the country’s economy.

Tolaniiii
Tolaniiii
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1 year ago

In light of the harmful effects chemicals have on the surrounding environment, the government ought to put more money into projects that are related to chemicals.

Bola12
Bola12
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1 year ago

The processing of chemicals results in a number of products that can be put to use in the fight against climate change.

Godsewill Ifeanyi
Godsewill Ifeanyi
Member
1 year ago

The idea of importing chemical goods has been criticized by the House of Representatives of Nigeria due to the significant benefits that could be gained from utilizing the nation’s domestic chemical production industry.

Adesanyaj72
Adesanyaj72
Member
1 year ago

This is a trend in the direction of developing, harnessing, and improving the native chemical products of the country so that they can be exported to other countries.

Chibuzor
Chibuzor
Member
1 year ago

The bill’s passing will bring about several positive outcomes for the country, such as innovative research into the processing and conversion of native raw resources into valuable chemicals that are both competitive worldwide and environmentally benign.

Kazeem1
Kazeem1
Member
1 year ago

Furthermore, the bill will facilitate the availability of petrochemical goods to improve chemical, biological, and synthetic fiber technologies for use in Nigeria’s manufacturing industry.

Nwachukwu Kingsley
Nwachukwu Kingsley
Member
1 year ago

He thinks and legal ramifications now more than ever, when security problems have developed due to people with insufficient chemical expertise and unsuitable items.

Taiwoo
Taiwoo
Member
1 year ago

The regulation is important for a number of reasons, including the achievement of sustained excellence and the conformity to worldwide standards in the field of chemical technology and the development of chemical products.

Hassan Isa
Hassan Isa
Member
1 year ago

We are able to put an end to the practice of importing chemical products made in other countries, and we also need to be able to sell our wares in other nations.

Tonerol10
Tonerol10
Member
1 year ago

Reps solicit to stop chemical products import. This is not major problem. All that is needed is government should promote our Chemical

SarahDiv
Member
1 year ago

It is high time we being to promote local content in Nigeria. Not just promote it but patronize the local producers rather than importing foreign products. I strongly support the production of our chemicals locally.

DimOla
DimOla
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1 year ago

We need to celebrate our locally produced chemicals and modernize ways of production. This way we consume what we produce and also export to other countries which will have positive impact on our economy.

Haykaylyon26
Member
1 year ago

We should stop depending of import goods we should be trying and rely on our goods we produce if we stop on depending on chemical importation and fix our own chemical produce it will improve the development of the country

Ultra0711
Ultra0711
Member
1 year ago

Once our domestically produced chemical goods, which are already of high quality, enter widespread use, we will no longer need to rely on imports from other nations. We must be able to sell our products in foreign markets.

Remi1
Remi1
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1 year ago

The legislation is necessary, among other things, to achieve sustained excellence and to conform to worldwide standards in chemical technology and chemical product development.

theApr
theApr
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1 year ago

Among other things, the legislation is necessary for chemical technology and product development to reach sustained excellence and to adhere to international standards.