The Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) Abuja Council has declared its stance by stating that it will welcome the opportunity to partner the National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) in awareness by enlightening the general public on its plans towards ensuring the safety of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs).
Patrick Osadebamwen, who is the Vive Chairman of the NUJ said this when the union paid a courtesy call to the Agency today (3rd April), stressing on the essence of educating the public on the broad subjects of biosafety and modern biotechnology, which are not widely understood by people at present.
Patrick also gave honour to the Federal Government granted the approval for the establishment of an Agency to oversee the activities of modern biotechnology for environmental sustainability and human health and urged NBMA to act quickly in taking action on awareness creation towards giving Nigerians necessary awareness on the activities of the Agency.
“Your work in regulating this sector is very important considering the fact that our borders are porous. Prior to the existence of NBMA, many people did not know about GMOs and I am sure we must have consumed them without being sure whether they were safe or not”. He added that the union is ready to help the Agency accomplish its mandate.
Subsequently, Director General/CEO, National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA), Dr. Rufus Ebegba, was also elated about the gesture of the union who liaised with the Agency in ensuring that only safe GMOs are available in the country Nigeria.
He said “Every technology is intended for a purpose however human nature is complex, some of these technologies are abused and could be used for wrong purposes that could pose harm to human and environment. That is the reason NBMA was established so that the environment and human health can be protected”.
Dr. Rufus further stressed that NBMA was neither built on the foundation of promoting GMOs nor stop them, however it was founded to ensure that whatever results out of the practice of modern biotechnology is safe for humans, animals and Nigeria’s biodiversity.