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Nigeria’s top biotech regulator says nation needs GMOs for ‘socioeconomic survival’

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The Director General of the National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA), Dr. Rufus Ebegba ‎has declared that Nigeria’s Biosafety regulation of modern biotechnology and Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) was crucial for safety assurance and confidence building for Nigerians.

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“Science and technology are some of the drivers of change and Nigeria as a country cannot continue to look backward for obsolete technologies to drive her socioeconomic survival. The opportunities in the adoption of safe technologies are endless and their borders seamless. However strong regulation is required for safety,” Ebegba emphasised.

He assured Nigerian citizens of NBMA’s resolve to regulate modern biotechnology for their benefit. “I want to assure you that the NBMA is poised to effectively regulate modern biotechnology for the benefit of Nigerians and to allay the fears of the members of the public who so wish to consume GMOs.

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He advised the public against relying on non-science information in taking decisions about the technology. “Nigerians should therefore trust the Agency’s decisions and avoid unscientific information…. In the event of any doubt on matters concerning biosafety, the NBMA is available for the clarification.”

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