NBMA DG Hails President Buhari Over Assent To Ammended Bill

Uploaded by on August 9, 2019

SOURCE- Chinyere Ogbonna

The Director General/Chief Executive Officer, National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA), Dr. Rufus Ebegba has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for assenting to the National Biosafety Management Agency (Amendment) Act, 2019.

This is contained in a statement by the agency on August 8, 2019.

According to the statement, the
amendment signed into law by Mr. President, enlarged the scope of application of the Act by including the emerging aspects of modern biotechnology and biosecurity in Nigeria with a view to preventing any adverse effect to human health and the environment.

NBMA amendment bill which was initiated by the House of Representatives in 2018, was passed into law by the 8th National.

The statement says that the assent by President Buhari empowers NBMA to put in place measures to ensure Bio-Security in the country.

The Statement quotes the Dr. Rufus Ebegba, as saying that the endorsement, with the passage of the amended bill into law, the regulatory scope of the Agency has been enlarged.

It says that due to the emergence of new technologies, Nigeria could not afford to be left behind in checking if these technologies are safe for humans and the environment and it is the mandate of the Agency to ensure that modern biotechnology and its products are safe.

“The Agency has been on its toes in ensuring that unapproved genetically modified crops either grain or seed for food and feed is not allowed into our market and with this new amendment, the Agency will work even harder to ensure that Nigeria is a safe haven.

“We shall police and regulate the practice of this new and emerging technologies as much as possible so that our country does not become a dumping ground for unsafe products”.

According to the statement, the signed Amendment has expanded the scope of regulation of the NBMA, adding to its mandate as contained in the National Biosafety Management Agency Act, 2015, which is to provide regulatory framework to adequately safeguard human health and the environment from potential adverse effects of modern biotechnology and genetically modified organisms, while harnessing the potential of modern biotechnology and its derivatives, for the benefit of Nigerians to include the areas of synthetic biology, Genome editing, Gene drive and biosecurity.

Chinyere Ogbonna

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