Agency commits to safety use of GMOs in Nigeria

By Zeniat Abubakar 


The National Biosafety Management Agency in Nigeria, NBMA says it is committed to ensuring safety and well-being of all citizens in relation to the development and responsible use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in Nigeria.

The Head Information and Public Relations, NBMA, Mrs Gloria Ogbaki said in a statement that the Agency was continuously striving to improve its processes and adapt to new scientific development.

“We assure all Nigerians that the NBMA remains dedicated to its mandate of safeguarding the health and environmental integrity of our nation.

“We encourage everyone to stay informed and engaged with our activities, together, we can ensure that the benefits of modern biotechnology are harnessed safely and responsibly,” she said.

Mrs Ogbaki also said that the NBMA was established to provide regulatory oversight and ensure that the development, handling, and responsible use of GMOs are safe for humans, animals, and the environment, which her leadership would not take for granted.

“NBMA respects the House of Representatives and takes note of the proposed investigation by the Committee on Agricultural Production and Services.

“The Agency will cooperate through the provision of relevant information to demonstrate its commitment to transparency and accountability in the discharge of its mandate and responsibilities.”  She said.

She said the agency was working adapt to new scientific developments, while also regularly engaging with stakeholders, including farmers, researchers, civil society organizations, and the public, to provide information and address concerns regarding GMO.

“We remain open to feedback and are committed to enhancing our regulatory framework to serve the interests of Nigerians better.

“Additionally, NBMA operates with the same regulatory rigor and standards as other leading international biosafety agencies, such as the United States, Department of Agriculture (USDA), Australia's Office of the Gene Technology Regulator, and African regulatory agencies such as the National Biosafety Authority (NBA) in Ghana and the National Biosafety Authority in Kenya.”  She explained

According to Ogbaki, NBMA recognizes the importance of transparency and public engagement.

She added that public consultations and awareness programs are integral to the agency’s operations, and assured that the voices of Nigerians would be heard and considered.

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