Chemists Charged to Ensure Quality Water Production
“Quality is about trust. Each and every one of us has the power to influence this trust through our dedication to the quality of our products and through our passion and leadership.”
These were the charging words of the Guest Speaker, Pastor Olufemi Oladele, a former Laboratory Manager (Water), Nestle Nigeria Plc, Ogun State, penultimate week at the Town and Gown interactive session, organised by the Department of Chemistry, Covenant University, Ota.
Pastor Oladele, who spoke on the topic, “Water Processing: Quality Overview,” noted that quality should be the focus of everyone, from production personnel, engineers, contractors, vendors to truck drivers, among others who are involved in water production processes, noting that “Team work is key to the successful application.”
He explained that the quality of water produced for consumption cannot be over emphasised due to the importance of water to life. “We must ensure the continuous delivery of safe, quality products as the indispensable base for consumer’s trust,” he added.
Quality, according to him, is satisfying consumers’ needs at the time of use noting that qualities of raw materials, finished products as well as the quality of people (personnel) are considered paramount during water production processes.
Pastor Oladele enumerated functions of water in the human system which constitutes 90 percent of the blood. Water, he said, is a component of all secretion in the body, such as tears and enzymes, and necessary for digestion and absorption of food, among other functions.
He therefore advised participants which include senior faculty, staff and students of the Department to ensure that recognised standard for water production is maintained when analysing water in the laboratory.
Earlier, the Head of Department, Chemistry, Dr. Akan Williams, noted that the Town and Gown interaction was instituted by the University management in order to expose the students to what obtains in the industry and prepare them for the world of work.