Unsafe GMOs Will Not be Allowed into Nigeria,-NBMA DG Assures

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  • As groups engage journalists on GMOs

Adedayo‎ Akinwale in Abuja

The Director General, National Biosafety‎ Management Agency (NBMA), Dr. Rufus Ebegba Wednesday said no Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) ‎that is not safe would be allowed in the Nigeria for planting, consumption or for any purpose.

He gave the assurance in Abuja at a workshop organised by the Open Forum on Agricultural ‎and Biotechnology in Africa (OFAB) in collaboration with Journalists for Social Development Initiative (JSDI) for journalists and communicators on GMOs.

Ebegba noted that any company, individual or group coming to do business in the country must be ready to comply with‎ the national biosafety law.

According to him, “The issue of the safety of GMOs has always been in question ‎by so many people, particularly by activists; one thing is that it is clear globally that there is nothing in this world without one adverse impact depending on how you apply it.

“The issue of GMOs what I can assure is that with the establishment of NBMA and a law for it to implement, no GMOs that is not safe will be allowed in the Nigerian market either for planting, for consumption or for any purpose.”