Agency Raises the Alarm over Unauthorised Importation of GM Maize


By Adedayo Akinwale in Abuja

The National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) has raised the alarm over the unauthorised importation of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) maize  into the country.

The Director General of the agency, Dr. Rufus Ebegba, gave the hint at a press conference Wednesdayin Abuja, where he revealed that the tonnes of  GMO maize were imported into the country without necessary approvals.

He stated that the agency got the notice to the information through intelligence report and has set in motion necessary machineries to track the importers and bring them to book.

According to him, “The NBMA got an intelligence report on the importation of GM maize into the country. We have no application from anyone on this and we are not aware of any move to bring in this maize. The NBMA Act 2015 has stipulated steps and procedures of the importation,  production and processing of GMOs in the country and we will ensure that in the country and we will ensure that the act is strictly followed.”

Ebegba however urged the general public not to panic as the agency would never compromise on its mandate of ensuring that the safety of Nigerians and the environment was topmost in its dealings, adding that the NBMA and the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) would not allow any GM food into the country without adherence to due diligence.

  • Jackie Ikeotuonye

    What I find annoying here is that the major concern of the agency is that this company brought this ‘poison’ into the country without “approvals”….So, if they have approval from the agency, they could go ahead? With all the controversy over safety issues surrounding GMOs globally? What is wrong with us, as a people? And who are the forces behind this company? For how long have they been doing this? This is a company that has vast interest in agriculture as they claim. I think it is time for the relevant authorities to investigate what is going on in that company including their rice farms, what type of rice are they planting and proudly feeding Nigerians with?

  • Rob Bright

    Corrupt transnational corporations like Monsanto are experts at corrupting (and capturing) governmental agencies and regulators in order to further their stranglehold on global food systems. Nigeria is just the latest victim of this despicable and irresponsible agrochemical industry.

  • EyeServis

    We did warn the incompetent and clueless NBMA agency and you DG Ebegba in particular that Nigeria lacked the competence, knowledge and sophistication needed to deal with the GM foods monster. But all warnings fell on deaf ears. This crying after spilt milk is a joke. People like you and your executive officers shoyld be tried for economic sabotage, incompetence and dereliction of duty.

    GM food including, and most especially all Monsanto products should remain banned in its entirety in Nigeria.