Some ministries, departments and agencies (MDA), in collaboration with the National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA), reviewed and approved the National Biosafety Mainstreaming Strategy, which will further strengthen the biosafety regulatory regime and its inclusion in various sectors of the economy.
Speaking at the awareness workshop for key politicians and decision makers in Abuja, Dr. Rufus Ebegba, Director General of the NBMA, stated that, in accordance with the need for cooperation and partnership between government agencies, the current administration has taken over the relevant stakeholders to their contribution to the decision-making process.
According to him, “The National Strategy Paper on Biosafety, developed by the NBMA, was presented, reviewed and confirmed by representatives of sectoral ministries, departments and agencies. The strategy is, among other things, to ensure the continued effectiveness of the national biosafety system and synergies with the sister MDA for national growth and economic development. ”
He added that the strategic document defines the legislation and policies of linear MDA and analyzes entry points for biosafety to ensure smooth interaction with each institution.
“Some of the MDAs included in this strategy are the Federal Ministry of the Environment (FMENV), the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS), the Nigeria Quarantine Service (NAQS), the National Council for Agricultural Seeds (NASC), the Consumer Protection Council (CPC) ), The National Food Agency and Administration and Drug Control (NAFDAC), the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) and the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment (FMITI), ”he said.
In addition, the DG stated that NBMA already has functional MOUs with NAFDAC, NASC, NAQS and the Nigeria Standards Organization (SON) in compliance with its mandate to ensure an adequate level of protection in the field of safe transmission, processing and use of GMOs .
Representatives of those present at the MDA expressed their willingness to continue working with the NBMA in the regulation of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) so that the practice of modern biotechnology does not create any harm to humans and the environment.