By Iyabo Lawal –

 A former President of Chemical Society of Nigeria, CSN, Prof Oladele Osibanjo, has blamed the increased cases of cancer and other harmful diseases on the abuse of chemicals.

The university teacher who was the guest lecturer at the 22nd Annual lecture, award of honours and postgraduate scholarships of Stephen Oluwole Awokoya Foundation for Science Education (SOAFSE) said major global environmental problems are caused by chemicals.

The erudite professor of Analytical and Environmental Chemistry said although chemicals are important in our daily lives as we are exposed to it, he however lamented that a lot of people are exposed to danger through abuse and ignorance.

“Chemicals are important in our daily lives, it has both good and bad sides; for instance, we have chemicals in cosmetics, food and water as well as communication gadgets like mobile phones and computers but improper regulation and exposure can cause cancer, reduced fertility, brain disorder and early puberty in children.

“We lack management structure for chemical safety, government must put in place a regulation to protect the public, Prof Osibanjo added.

At the event, which took place at the MUSON Centre were eminent personalities including Sir Steve Omojafor who chaired the occasion, Bashorun J. K. Randle who was the special guest of honour, Dr. Sunny Kuku, Prof. Ayo Ogunye, Chief Nike Akande and Chief Dele Onabule.