The Anambra State government has applauded Professor Nkem Moses Chendo, Dean of the School of Postgraduate Studies of Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University at Uli in Ihiala Local Government Area for emerging the president of the Chemical Society of Nigeria (CSN).
Professor Chendo emerged the 15th CSN president at the 43rd Annual International Conference held at the Raw Materials Research and Development Council (RMRDC) in Abuja.
In a statement released by C. Don Adinuba
,Commissioner for Information & Public Enlightenment, Chendo is the first person from Anambra State to lead the society since its inception in 1971.
Commissioner Adinuba said that this is a Renaissance or renewal period in the history of Anambra State, as not just the state government but also the individuals, teams and organisations from our place have in the last five years been demonstrating acute competitiveness in various endavours on both the national scene and the international stage.
The two public universities in the state, Nnamdi Azikiwe University and Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, won two weeks ago two of the three prizes in a national competition involving geology and geophysics students sponsored by leading petroleum companies in the country.
Also last November an indigene of Anambra State, Professor Charles Egbu, became the first African and the first Blackman to become the vice chancellor of a British university.
Commissioner Adinuba who recalled how secondary school and university students from the state have in recent years been breaking records in different examinations.
According to Adinuba, Governor Willie Obiano has already spoken to the new Chemical Society of Nigeria president and told him to go out of his way to achieve extraordinary results in the tradition of such Anambra sons and daughters as Professor Chukwuma Charles Soludo , Professor Dora Akunyili , Engineer Ndukwe , Mrs Oby Ezekwesili ,among others.
Chendo, a highly regarded industrial chemistry professor at the Anambra State government- owned university, was the founding Vice Chancellor of Legacy University, a private university established at Okija in Ihiala Local Government Area.
Dr Leonard Nkameme, described Professor Chendo as truly a shining star in academics, administration and leadership.