Says Nigeria will not be used as dumping ground
By Adedayo Akinwale in Abuja
The federal government seems to have backtracked from sanctioning erring superstores in the country that sell genetically modified foods without authorisation.
Following public outcry, the government had threatened to shut down any superstore that contravenes its directive.
However, speaking with THISDAY on Monday in Abuja, the Director General, National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA), Dr. Rufus Ebegba, confirmed that some superstores were actually selling GM foods without authorisation, but assured that the country would not be used as dumping ground.
According to him, “So far the stores are complying to the directive; they are trying to formalise their products. They have obtained forms. We are still working closely with them. In fact they are complying.”