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Ebegba not NIREC member – NBMA

Rufus Ebegba

The National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) has said that its Director-General / CEO, Dr. Rufus Ebegba, is not a member of the National Inter-Religious Council (NIREC). The agency disclosed in a statement on Friday, February 24 2017 that a media report listing its Dr. Ebegba as a member of the NIREC was untrue. The statement reads: “The Agency wishes to ...

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Agency assures of safety in deployment of GMOs

Rufus Ebegba

Director General, National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA), Dr. Rufus Ebegba, has said that the responsibility of the Agency is to safeguard the health of Nigerians in the practice of modern biotechnology and the use of genetically modified organisms. Dr. Ebegba made the submission in Abuja on Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at a colloquium organised by the Catholic Secretariat in conjunction ...

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Golden rice and anti-GM rice propaganda

white rice

Last week, the print and electronic media in Nigeria were awash again with a major propaganda news item on Genetically Modified Foods. This time, what looks like a false alarm was raised by unidentified sources that Dangote Plc and the Nigerian government have flooded Nigerian market with GMO rice. The news item was followed with a warning that “eating GMO ...

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GMOs: Why activists put citizens’ health first

GMO

On Monday, 15th August, I was privileged to be a panelist at the “Experts meeting on Bio-safety & Bio-technology-GMOs” organised by the Ministry of Environment and the Ministry of Agriculture. In attendance were the Ministers of Science &Technology, Agriculture and Environment. In their opening remarks, they made it clear that they look to these conversations to give them guidance in ...

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When biotech experts met: Truth behind the facts

Biosafety

Three Nigerian ministries had top level representation at the Biotechnology and Biosafety Experts Meeting at Sheraton Hotel, Abuja on 15 August 2016. The Minister and Minister of State for Environment were present. So were the Ministers of Agriculture and Rural Development, as well as Science and Technology. Interestingly, rather than the Minister of Science making remarks at the opening session ...

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Monsanto Tribunal: Judges, prosecutors, ambassadors unveiled

Francoise Tulkens

The Monsanto Tribunal, an international civil society initiative to hold Monsanto accountable for human rights violations, crimes against humanity and ecocide, has unveiled a team of legal practitioners that will handle courts sessions at the Tribunal, scheduled to hold between 14 and 16 October 2016 in The Hague, Netherlands. The People’s Assembly, which provides the opportunity for social movements to ...

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Agency describes act as safety valve for modern biotech

Rufus Ebegba

The National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) has described the 2015 Act that established it as a safety valve for the adoption of modern biotechnology in Nigeria. A statement issued on Friday in Abuja by the Director-General of the Agency, Dr. Rufus Ebegba, countered that the recent call by a group for the repeal of the Act was not only frivolous ...

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GMOs in Nigeria: The silent part

GMO

“GMOs, finally approved to be grown in Nigeria,” a not so surprising news after all. The country has in recent times been trotting in the darkness of instability and economic uncertainty and it’s just not a big surprise that the oil rich nation would make room for such a decision as to approving the much controversial new wonder of biotechnology ...

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Nigeria not at crossroads over food security, says Gidado

Dr Rose Gidado

Coordinator of the Open Forum for Biotechnology (OFAB) in Nigeria and an Assistant Director at the National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA), Dr Rose Gidado, has faulted claims by the duo of The Africa Faith and Justice Network (AFJN) and Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF) that Nigeria is at a crossroad in the struggle for sustainable agriculture, safe food, biosafety ...

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What the National Confab agreed to on biosafety, GMOs

Confab

During the 2014 Nigerian National Conference (Confab), three committees made recommendations with regard to handling of Biosafety in Nigeria and with particular reference to Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). As at the time of the Confab the National Biosafety Management Act 2015 (simply known as Biosafety Act 2015) had not yet been enacted. The Confab committees that considered Biosafety matters were ...

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