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After cotton and maize, Nigeria to release more GM food – Ebegba

Rufus Ebegba

Sir Rufus Ebegba, the director-general and chief executive officer of the National Biosafety Management Agency (NABMA), at a meeting held in Abuja to review two applications submitted for the release of genetically-modified (GM) cotton and maize, said Nigerians should prepare to see more GM products in the market to serve as alternative to consumers’ choice. In this interview with Etta Michael ...

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Agency to partner security agencies in enforcing biosafety law

Dr Peter Ezenwa Ekpendu

The National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) has approached various security agencies including the Nigerian Police Force (NPF) as well as the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) as part of operational arrangements to enforce its mandate. It will be recalled that the NBMA shortly after its establishment gave a deadline of six months which expired last December to all ...

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How modern biotechnology can create 25,000 jobs, by Ebegba

Rufus Ebegba

The Federal Government’s determination to diversify the economy as a result of the challenges in the oil sector has set it to develop immutable strategies that would ensure the creation of no fewer than 25,000 jobs annually from the biotechnology sector. A statement by the Director-General of the National Biosafety Management Agency (NABMA), Mr. Rufus Ebegba, issued on Tuesday said modern ...

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Economic prosperity of biosafety regulations in Nigeria

Rufus Ebegba

After over 11 years of intellectual gymnastic between experts, policymakers, investors as well as consumers, the Federal Government under the reign of former President Goodluck Jonathan in April, 2015 signed into law the National Biosafety Management Act (NBMA). The objective of the Act is to give legal backing to the practice, proper deployment and development of modern biotechnology activities in ...

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NEPAD to support Togo on Biosafety Regulatory Frameworks

Prof. Aggrey Ambali

The New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) has pledged Togo on regulatory frameworks in the area of the advancement of science, technology and innovation in the country. A high-level advocacy team led by Prof. Aggrey Ambali, who represented the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of NEPAD Agency and the Michigan State University, expressed the availability of NEPAD Agency to support the ...

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Media and the case for biotechnology development in Nigeria

biotechnology

Public support is crucial if any technology is to be accepted and adopted by those who stand to benefit from it, including modern biotechnology which is relatively new in Nigeria.  Etta Michael Bisong, an environmental journalist based in Abuja, writes on the role of the media in strengthening modern biotechnology practices to provide alternative sources of livelihoods in Nigeria. Many Nigerians ...

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‘Nigeria now has a legal biosafety basis to operate’

Rufus Ebegba

Rufus Ebegba, Director-General and CEO of the the National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA), stresses that the recently passed Biosafety Act not only ensures biosafety in the country, but is a safety valve for harnessing the potentials of modern biotechnology safely The development of a national biosafety regulatory framework for Nigeria dates back to 1994 when the first National Biosafety Guidelines ...

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Biotechnology: Why Nigeria can’t afford to be left out

Professor Lucy Ogbadu

Director General/CEO, National Biotechnology Development Agency, Professor Lucy Ogbadu, insists that Biotechnology has been used for more than two decades without a single, documented safety concern, and that Nigeria cannot afford to be left out in the global agricultural biotechnology revolution Nigerian scientists in the field of Biosciences at this particular time in our history are delighted that their nation ...

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Governments recommend actions for Biodiversity Plan implementation

Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) at the weekend in Montreal, Canada wrapped up a weeklong meeting on implementation with recommendations on, among others, resource mobilisation, technical and scientific cooperation, poverty eradication and sustainable development, enhancements to the structures and processes under the CBD and engagement with business, local governments and other stakeholders. The recommendations agreed at the fifth ...

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Why Biosafety Bill should not sail through, by Bassey

Opposition has emerged from within the National Conference over the prospects of the Biosafety Bill, which is presently awaiting Presidential endorsement to become law. The Science, Technology and Development Committee of the confab in its report presented to the floor had on Page 34 urged President Goodluck Jonathan to speedily act on the proposal. But a member of the Environment ...

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