Anti-GMO groups criticize Nigeria’s permits for GMO cotton, maize

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The Federal Government will soon make “ a statement” on the complaints by Nigerians on the use of . . .GMOs in the country, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Shehu Ahmed, has disclosed.

He told the News Agency of Nigeria . . . that government is still investigating the issues relating to the use of GMOs and studying the complaints with the help of its experts and research institutes.

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Meanwhile, the National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) yesterday said it followed due process in issuing two permits to Monsanto Agriculture Nigeria Limited for the commercial release . . . of genetically modified cotton and for the confined field trial of maize.

The transparent exercise, according to the Director General of the NBMA, Rufus Ebegba, led to the posting of the permits on not only the agency’s website but also on that of the United Nations (UN).

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Ebegba was reacting to an allegation by some groups that the permits were granted on a Sunday, . . . and in less than transparent manner. . .

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