Crop Biotech Update

Nigeria Strives to Improve National Biosafety System

March 2, 2022

Nigeria is set to provide efficient guidelines, programs, policies, and processes to further enhance its national biosafety system. This was stressed by Dr. Rufus Ebegba, Director-General/Chief Executive Officer of the National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA), during a review meeting of the draft national guidelines on genetically modified plants with stacked genes in Abuja.

Dr. Ebegba stressed that the agency aims to release guidelines that would define its stand as a biotech-adopting country. The meeting targeted to discuss the issues of stacking genes and understand what must be done by NBMA and developers to ensure the safety of stacks.

“We need to understand this and then put it down in black and white so that there would be no arguments when we come up with such guidelines…We see our biosafety system as a living system that we will keep amending, when there was need for any amendment…“We meet some challenges from time to time, we have to use our experiences that we have already acquired over the years to address them,'' he said.

Read more from NBMA and Independent.

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