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Govt urged to withdraw permits granted to import GMOs


The Nigerian government has been called upon to withdraw permits granted for the importation of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) to avert implications for health, environment and economy. L-R: Ken Henshaw of We the People, and Nnimmo Bassey and Joyce Brown of Health of Mother Earth Foundation, at the briefing on biosafety The call was made in a presentation titled “The ...

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Nnimmo Bassey: Our right to safe food

Nnimmo Bassey

In his opening remarks at a dialogue on genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and the state of biosafety that had medical practitioners in attendance in Abuja on Tuesday, June 29, 2021, Nnimmo Bassey, Director, Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF), expressed concern about the safety of the GM beans recently unveiled in Nigeria, saying that the implication of eating a seed ...

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Stakeholders deliberate on biosafety issues, seek overhaul of regulatory architecture


Deliberations at a physical and virtual conference on “The State of Biosafety in Nigeria” covered regulatory issues, biosecurity, food and farming systems, hunger as well as risky technologies such as gene-editing, synthetic biology, nanotechnology, robots and 3D food printing. Launching of HOMEF reports titled: “The State of Biosafety in Nigeria” and “What’s on our Plates” The conference was hosted by ...

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Experts highlight genetic engineering threats to food systems

HOMEF Biosafety Media Training

A group of experts who spoke at a recent gathering has expressed reservations over the dangers posed by the genetic engineering to food safety. Participants at the Biosafety Media Training At a Media Training on Biosafety held physically and virtually on Wednesday, October 14, 2020 in Port Harcourt, Rivers State courtesy of the Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF), a ...

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COVID-19: Agency says safe modern biotechnology can ensure food security

Dr Rufus Ebegba

Director General/Chief Executive Officer of the National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA), Dr Rufus Ebegba, has said that the issue of the adoption of safe modern biotechnology products to ensure food security and mitigate the impact of COVID-19 pandemic is key to the development of the country. Dr Rufus Ebegba, Director General, National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) The Director General said ...

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GMOs: Scientists asked to simplify biosafety information

Biosafety Communication (ABBS) Symposium

Scientists have been asked to simplify information about their work and technologies for the public to understand.  One of the technologies that researchers are still failing to communicate to the public effectively is modern biotechnology. Modern biotechnology is a term adopted by international convention to mean techniques for the manipulation of genetic material beyond natural breeding barriers. And for this ...

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NBMA, VON collaborate on biosafety awareness

Mr. Osita Okechukwu

The National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA), alongside the Voice of Nigeria (VON), has inaugurated a 10-man joint committee as part of efforts to ensure effective publicity of the activities of the NBMA. The two parties also drafted a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that will help to increase awareness on the regulation of modern biotechnology and its products in the country ...

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Medical practitioners urge government on GMOs regulation


Catholic Medical Practitioners have called on the federal government to legislate, regulate and monitor the introduction of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in Nigeria. While demanding that attention be payed to the labelling of GMO products, they demanded adequate funding for research and development by the GMO regulatory agencies for the nation to derive benefits from the technology. “But more importantly, ...

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Resource Networks to facilitate responsible Africa agricultural biotechnology emerge

African Biosafety Network of Expertise

Africa now has in place a number of Resource Networks to strategically address pertinent issues relating to the responsible development and use of agricultural biotechnology within countries, across sub-regions and around the continent. These Resource Networks are also to help strengthen and position the African group for tactical negotiations at the international level. This is to ensure that Africa’s concerns ...

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Why modern biotechnology must be regulated – NBMA

National Biosafety Management Agency

The Director General/CEO, National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA), Dr. Rufus Ebegba, on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 in Abuja re-emphasised the need to regulate the practice of modern biotechnology in the country. Dr. Ebegba made the submission while receiving members of the Real-Life Civil Society, a non-governmental organisation (NGO), at the NBMA Office. According to him, government in its wisdom established ...

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