The National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA), today 8th December 2017, signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Standard Organization of Nigeria (SON) on collaboration of ensuring safe practice of modern biotechnology.
The Director General/CEO, NBMA, Dr. Rufus Ebegba, while addressing the team from the SON said that, there is a need for government agencies to work together to serve the people better.
He said NBMA is established to ensure that the practice of Modern Biotechnology that results in Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) is safe to both humans and the environment.
The DG said, “Risk assessment is a pillar of the Agency. NBMA is interested in the gene of insert. It ensures that GMOs are well analysed to ascertain that there is no risk to Nigerians or the Nigerian environment before they are commercialized”.
Director General, SON, Barrister Osita Anthony Aboloma who was represented by the Director Legal Services, Mr. Umaru Kawu, expressed happiness over the memorandum and stated that SON is ready to partner with NBMA to actualize its mandate.
He also stressed the need for government agencies to synergize, and to facilitate the set goals of government. “It is good that NBMA has signed MoUs with other major government Agencies that will contribute to the effectiveness of its mandate.’’
This collaborative memorandum of understanding makes it the fifth signed with sister Agencies in the bid to ensure that genetically modified products are safely deployed for the benefit of Nigerians.