Nigeria’s environment minister: We must ensure country does not become ‘dumping ground for GM foods’

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The Minister of State for Environment, Ibrahim Usman Jibril has tasked regulatory agencies in the country to ensure that Nigeria does not become a dumping ground for Genetically Modified (GM) foods

The minister stated this at a meeting on collaboration between regulatory agencies and the National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) and the commissioning of NBMA GMO Detection Laboratory in Abuja on Monday.

Ibrahim Usman Jibril

“We the regulatory agencies must unite with a sense of purpose, vision, mission and determination to ensure that our nation does not become a dumping ground for GM foods and feed nor shy away from reaping the benefits of the application of modern biotechnology and use of GM foods and feeds,” he said.

He said the partnership became important in order to develop a joint framework among all regulatory agencies for commercial GM crop oversight, rather than solely being an NBMA oversight function.

Jibril, represented by the Director of Human Resources, Mr. Gabriel Loto maintained that modern biotechnology is becoming increasingly important in addressing the emerging challenges with regards to food security and renewable energy demands and in turn economic and social challenges.

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