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What the National Confab agreed to on biosafety, GMOs

Confab  What the National Confab agreed to on biosafety, GMOs Confab e1467389543122

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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No GM food grown in Nigeria, says government

Amina  No GM food grown in Nigeria, says government Amina

Minister of Environment, Amina Mohammed, has called on Nigerians not to panic over the issue of Genetically Modified Organism (GMO). She said on Monday in a statement that, presently, no GMOs are officially grown in the country. “What we have approval are for field trials. All the GMOs in Nigeria officially approved are under experimental fields; the insect resistant cotton ...

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Biosafety law not compliant with UN biodiversity pact, says group

Rufus Ebegba  Biosafety law not compliant with UN biodiversity pact, says group Rufus Ebegba e1443829039418

The National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) Act 2015 is not compliant with the Cartagena Protocol to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity, the Global Prolife Alliance (GPA) has said. The Owerri, Imo state-based group made the submission against the backdrop of its opposition to the NBMA’s issuance of permits for the development of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in the ...

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On Monsanto’s claims that GMOs are safe

gmmaize  On Monsanto’s claims that GMOs are safe gmmaize

We have read with interest Monsanto’s defence of NBMA in its response to Premium Time’s report highlighting NBMA’s surreptitious granting of permits to them to bring their GMOs and glyphosate into Nigeria. We restate here that Monsanto’s applications were approved without due diligence and that the law setting up NBMA is extremely flawed in that it gives individuals in the agency the latitude ...

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Why GM cotton will benefit sector, by textile makers

GM-Cotton  Why GM cotton will benefit sector, by textile makers Bt Cotton

The Nigerian Textile Manufacturers Association (NTMA) has expressed its support for ‎the environmental release and commercialisation of genetically modified Bt Cotton for Nigerian farmers. The GM cotton is said to be resistant to pests’ invasion. A position paper signed by the NTMA Acting Director-General, Hamma Kwajaffa, noted that while the Nigerian textile industry is a strategic non-oil sector and the largest ...

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Groups oppose Monsanto’s GM maize, cotton proposal

Nnimmo_4416  Groups oppose Monsanto’s GM maize, cotton proposal Nnimmo 4416 e1459153742355

About 100 groups representing some five million Nigerians, comprising farmers, faith-based organisations, civil society groups, students and local community groups, have lodged an opposition to Monsanto’s attempts to introduce genetically modified (GM) cotton and maize into Nigeria’s food and farming systems. In written objections submitted to the biosafety regulators, the groups have cited numerous health and environmental concerns and alleged ...

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

Rufus Ebegba  After cotton and maize, Nigeria to release more GM food – Ebegba Director General Chief Executive Officer of NBMA Sir Rufus Ebegba e1456680906117

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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‘Nigeria now has a legal biosafety basis to operate’

Rufus Ebegba  ‘Nigeria now has a legal biosafety basis to operate’ Rufus Ebegba e1443829039418

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  Biotechnology: Why Nigeria can’t afford to be left out Professor Lucy Ogbadu e1443821548593

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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