IUO/WASOT



The eight International Conference of the West African Society of Toxicology (WASOT), organized in collaboration with Nigeria’s Premier Private University, Igbinedion University Okada, has opened with a call to participants to broaden their discipline to include other professionals beyond the field of science for more collaboration.
Declaring the eighth International WASOT Conference open, the Chief Host and Vice Chancellor of Igbinedion University, Okada, Professor Lawrence Ezemonye, represented by the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Professor Deborah Odejimi said the hosting of the eighth International WASOT Conference, which is a first by a private university in Nigeria, is just one example of the numerous firsts by the institution which has placed it on the global map.
The President of WASOT, Professor Ikem Ekweozor, said WASOT is dedicated to developing and communicating knowledge to improve the health and safety of living beings and to protect the environment upon which we all depend. To attain this objective, he said each member must maintain very high ethical standards, recognize a duty to share this knowledge with the public (as expected in this and all our conferences), and to be a thoughtful advocate for human, animal, and environmental health.
Professor Lucian Obinna-Chukwu, keynote speaker of the event, in a paper titled- ” Research and Training in Toxicology in sub-Saharan Africa: Mainstreaming for Sustainable Development Goals”, noted that Toxicology is a multidisciplinary science which gives room for involvement by virtually everyone irrespective of their discipline and calling. He noted that since every zone is identified with one ecological problem or another, the task of managing and preserving the environment is for all. He also noted in his lecture that pollution causes the highest number of deaths, surpassing all other causes with a rate of 4.9million globally. He also said that despite efforts by stakeholders with regards to the rate of the production of harmful materials and chemicals, waste increase is still alarming. He advocated collaboration among research scientists in establishing Centres of Excellence.
The highpoint of the opening ceremony was the presentation of an award of excellence in entrepreneurship in recognition of the pioneering role of the Osama of Benin, His Excellency Sir Chief Dr. Gabriel Osawaru Igbinedion in various fields of human endeavor. The keynote speaker, Prof. Lucian Obinna-Chukwu, was also honored with a professional fellowship award by WASOT.
Goodwill messages were made by stakeholders from NIFOR, WHO, NAFDAC, representatives of the Edo State Commissioner for Environment and Sustainability, the General Manager Edo State Waste Management Board, the Standards Organization of Nigeria, the Director of the National Centre for Energy and Environment, and the Energy Commission of Nigeria amongst others.
A communiqué at the end of the two day conference is expected to assist in solving the problems of protecting public health and environment. The theme of the conference is “Toxicological Concerns in Developing Nations- Part Two”.