The National Society of Chemical Engineers (NSChE) has intensified calls for reforms in the downstream sector of the economy even as it stressed the need for sustainable development.
President of the association, Dr. John Erinne, made the calls during the dinner held recently in honour of four of its members who were promoted in their different organisations.
The honourees include: Prof. Ayo Ogunye, Prof. Rahamon Bello, Mrs. Seyi Afolabi and Mr. Joel Ajiga, who were promoted in different capacities.
While Ogunye was recently elected as the president, Nigerian Academy of Engineers, Bello was appointed the Vice-Chancellor of University of Lagos (UniLag); Afolabi was appointed Executive Director, Mobil Producing Nigeria Limited and Ajiga was promoted to the post of Managing Director, Vitafoam.
Erinne said, "In our own subtle way, we have made our positions known to the government on the state of the refineries in Nigeria. Some of our members are part of the taskforce on refineries.
"We have looked at the whole downstream sector of the economy and made far-reaching and detailed recommendations to the government on how to revive and reform the sector. This will ensure self-reliance in petroleum products."
Speaking on the decision to honour the four members of the society, Dr. Erinne, said they had made the association proud in their different endeavours.
He said, "We thought it wise to honour these members of our society, highly distinguished chemical engineers who have attained very high office in their respective organisations.
"Prof. Ogunye, who was elected the president of the NAE earlier in the year, was also a past president of the society. Bello was appointed VC just about a month ago. We all know that UniLag is one of the biggest universities in this country as well as a third generation university and we are proud to have the VC drawn from our association."
"To whom much is given, much is expected. As chemical engineers, we expect them to excel and set very good examples in their respective organisations," he added.
Speaking to THISDAY, one of the honourees, Ajiga, said the recognition by the association would go a long way to make them aspire for greater heights.
He said, "It was quite an honour done to us by the society and we appreciate it. This will go a long way to boost our communal efforts. In turn, we will continue to work assiduously to promote our association as well as become beacons of encouragement to the younger ones."