A National Biosafety Mainstreaming Strategy has been reviewed and validated to strengthen the biosafety regulatory regime and its inclusion in various sectors of the economy.
According to a statement from NBMA, the document developed by the agency was presented, reviewed and validated by representatives of the MDAs, at an awareness seminar for key policy and decision makers, held in Abuja.
“The strategy is to among other things ensure continued effectiveness of the national biosafety system and synergy with sister MDAs for national growth and economic development.”
In his opening remarks, the Director General/Chief Executive Officer, NBMA, Dr. Rufus Ebegba stated: “In line with the need for collaboration and partnership among government institutions, the agency has taken it upon itself to regularly engage relevant stakeholders for their input in its decision making process.”
The strategy document identifies legislations and policies of line MDAs and analyses the entry points for biosafety to ensure smooth synergy with each institution.
Some MDAs included in the strategy are: Federal Ministry of Environment (FMENV); Nigeria Customs Service (NCS); Nigeria Agricultural Quarantine Service (NAQS); National Agricultural Seed Council (NASC); Consumer Protection Council (CPC); National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC); Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD); and Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment (FMITI).