Nigeria: Unsafe GMOs barred from Nigerian markets-NBMADG.
At a recent workshop organized by the Open Forum on Agricultural and Biotechnology in Africa (OFAB) in collaboration with Journalists for Social Development Initiative (JSDI) and Program for Biosafety System (PBS) for Journalists and Communicators on GMOs,
The Director General, National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA), Dr. Rufus Ebegba, has said that no Genetically Modified Organism (GMOs) that are not safe would be allowed into the Nigerian market either for planting, consumption or for any purpose. According to him, “The issue of the safety of GMOs has always been in question by so many people particularly by activists; one thing is clear globally that there is nothing in this world without one adverse impact depending on how you apply it. Ebegba stated: “The issue of GMOs, what I can assure is that with the establishment of NBMA and a law for it to implement. The Coordinator JSDI, Mr. Michael Bissong also noted that the aim of the workshop was to educate journalists as carrier of information in order for them to feed the public the right information about GMOs thereby correcting the misconception in the public domain. He stressed that presently there is hunger and poverty which has now become a global problem, but said that the technology available in tackling the menace has come under serious attacks based on the misconception, thus the need to engage the media to spread the right information about GMOs.