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Biosafety agency says it’s deploying safe modern biotechnology to protect lives

Dr Rufus Ebegba

The National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) says it is deploying safe modern biotechnology applications in its operations to protect Nigerians and the environment from any adverse impact on human health and the environment. Dr Rufus Ebegba, Director General, National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) Director-General/CEO of NMBA, Dr Rufus Ebegba, said this on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 in Abuja at a ...

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Coalition clamours GMOs ban, repeal of biosafety law


State governors have been called upon to ban genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and effect a repeal of the National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) Act which came into force in 2015 and was reviewed in 2019. Philip Jakpor and colleagues at the Lagos campaign In a petition submitted to governors of no fewer than 10 states on Tuesday, April 27, 2021, ...

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Over 30 products with GMOs found in Nigerian food market, says HOMEF


A new report by the Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF) says that the Nigerian food market was infiltrated with over 30 different products containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) between 2018 and 2020. Launching of HOMEF reports titled: “The State of Biosafety in Nigeria” and “What’s on our Plates” This is despite claims by the National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) ...

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Lawsuits against NBMA, others are crucial, insists HOMEF

Nnimmo Bassey

According to recent reports, the Director of the National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA), Rufus Ebegba, in a workshop organised for legal practitioners, was quoted as saying: “Lately, NBMA had experienced litigation and we discovered there are some gaps in information and knowledge on biotechnology. That is why we are training some lawyers so that when such litigation issues come up, ...

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We remain resilient in ensuring human health, environmental safety – NBMA

Dr Rufus Ebegba

Director-General/Chief Executive Officer of the National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA), Dr Rufus Ebegba, says the agency remains resilient in ensuring human health safety and safety of the environment. Dr Rufus Ebegba, Director General, National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) Ebegba made this known in a statement issued on Wednesday, March 10, 2021 in Abuja by Gloria Ogbaki, Head of Press and ...

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Agency assures Nigerian consumers on safety of GMO products


The National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) says it will not release any Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) product that it does not consider safe for human consumption and the environment. Dr. Rufus Ebegba, Director-General of the NBMA, speaking at the event Dr. Rufus Ebegba, NBMA’s Director-General, gave the assurance on Tuesday, March 9,2021 in Abuja during a two-day workshop organised for ...

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Tanzania cancels GMO trials again

Prof Adolf Mkenda

Newly appointed Tanzania Agricultural Minister, Prof Adolf Mkenda, has announced the cancellation of research trials involving genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in the country and the decision to put in place extra biosafety scrutiny of imported genetically modified (GM) seed. Tanzania Agricultural Minister, Prof Adolf Mkenda According to the minister, the decision was taken in order to conserve the country’s genetic resources and ...

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Boosting food security in Africa via adoption of genetically modified crops


In a 2012 article published by the United Nations University, titled: “Are Transgenic Crops Safe? GM Agriculture in Africa’’, the anchor man, Dr Ademola Adenle, stressed the need for African countries to embrace Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) to boost food production. GMOs Adenle listed increased crop yields, higher farm income, good health and environment, as benefits associated with GM crops. ...

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Why media is vital in Nigeria’s quest for self-sufficiency in food production

For the research institutes to fulfill their mandates and contribute meaningful to the nation’s quest for self-sufficiency in food production, the media must support and protect them from anti-technology lobbyists. Participants at the event The submission was made by Prof. Alex U. Akpa, Ag. Director-General/CEO of the National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA), in Lagos on Friday, August 7, 2020 during ...

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Biodiversity centre raises concerns on GM COVID-19 vaccine trials for South Africa

Dr Matshidiso Moeti

The African Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) has expressed concern over the planned trials of a genetically modified (GM) vaccine on COVID-19 in South Africa, demanding for transparency in the entire process as well as public hearing. Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa ACB made a submission to the Registrar of GMOs in South Africa, following an application made by ...

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