The Federal Government has said that the dumping of unauthorized Genetically Modified Organisms, GMO, in Nigeria has been reduced to the barest minimum. Speaking in Abuja, during the presentation of the agency’s scorecard for 2018, Director General of the National Biosafety Management Agency, NBMA, Mr. Rufus Ebegba, stated that efforts have been heightened to safeguard the country against harmful GM products. He further stated that risks to human health from modern biotechnology practice and the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are at their barest minimum.
He said, “Dumping of unauthorized GMOs into Nigeria is now at its barest minimum, Avenue is being provided to confirm and harness the potentials of modern biotechnology safely. Negative Socio-economic consequences of GMOs are being guarded against. Confidence built in the practice of modern biotechnology, use, and handling of GMOs and GM products. Nigeria’s commitment to the principles of international Agreements and Treaties to Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (CPB) is reaffirming. Proper regulation for imported GM products, so that Nigeria will not be a dumping ground for GMOs and products is assured. Other African Countries look up to Nigeria for leadership in Biosafety Issues”.