The Director General/CEO, National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA), Dr. Rufus Ebegba, has called on Nigerian farmers to trust that the Agency will ensure that genetically modified crops are safe before they are released into the market.
The DG/CEO, who said this when he received members of the Nigerian-American Chamber of Commerce (Kaduna State Chapter) in his office today in Abuja, noted that the Agency is strictly regulatory and does not promote modern biotechnology or its products (GMOs).
Dr. Ebegba said, “Commerce is key to the Agency as trade is directly linked to products of modern biotechnology. Farmers can be rest assured that the Nigerian government will not do anything that will cause economic harm to them,”
Chairman, Nigerian-American Chamber of Commerce (Kaduna State Chapter), Mr. Matthew Obogbaimhe, while responding said, the purpose of the visit was to learn more about the activities of the Agency and seek for ways to collaborate and synergize with the Agency.
Mr. Obogbaimhe said “We will sensitize our members about the mandate of the Agency and enlighten them about issues of genetically modified organisms.”