Dr. Rufus Egbeba, the Director General, National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) says the agency will ensure that only safe genetically modified organisms and foods are used in the country.
Egbeba who gave the assurance in Abuja said “We are aware they will be lots of controversies in the sector on Genetically Modified Organisms; our role as an agency is to ensure that this sector is safe.
I use this medium once more to assure Nigerians that National Biosafety Management Agency will not fail Nigerians.
We also have some already approved genetically modified organisms for commercial purpose like beans, cotton, and some that have already been approved for feed processing (that is) maize for feed processing and soya beans for vegetable oil processing.
He also stated that ‘’Due diligence in the area of risk assessment has been carried out on these products; Nigerians should be rest assured that these products are safe.
We will continue to monitor them for any adverse changes that may manifest and we will continue to do that regularly.
We are also carrying out a survey to ensure that it is only genetically modified foods or organisms that are approved that will be on the shelves’’.
He called on Nigerians not be afraid of consuming genetically modified products, noting the fears and rumours trailing the use of GMOs in the media and social media in particular.
He urged the citizenry to trust government policies on GMO, adding that the country is evolving and only patriotism could get the leaders on track to serve Nigerians better.
On the recent MoU signed with the Federal Ministry of Agriculture on the regulation of animal biotechnology, Egbeba said it was to prepare Nigeria for the “fast advancing technology” in that area.