Agency collaborates with others on safety of imported products

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The National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA), says its collaboration with some agencies is to ensure that only Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) confirmed safe by the agency are brought into the country.

Dr. Rufus Ebegba, Director-General,  who made this  made this known in Abuja said “As part of our collaboration with other ministries and agencies, We have signed Memorandum of  Understanding(MoU) with NAFDAC,  with  Nigerian customs service, Nigerian agricultural Quarantine Service,  Nigerian  Seed Council, and  even the Varietal release committee  which approves all  new varieties of agricultural  plants.

“We have also signed MoU with some departments in the Ministry of Agriculture and also Standard Organisation of Nigeria.

All these with a view of creating synergy and to ensure all the sectors of government key into this national biosafety system.

Also, there is a point of convergence like the Nigeria Customs Service, is the major boarder agency in Nigeria. So to help the agency to ensure only GMOs that we have confirmed safe that are brought into the country ”, he said.

Speaking on monitoring super stores for Genetically modified foods, the Biosafety boss said the agency had regular meetings to sensitize them on the need to obtain Biosafety permit on products that contain genetically modified ingredients.

He said Nigeria had one of the best biosafety systems in Africa evident in Nigeria chairing the African Biosafety Regulators Forum.

Ebegba said the National Biosafety system in Nigeria had what it takes to safeguard Nigerians from any potential harm from modern biotechnology and GMOs.