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FG will address importation of GMPs

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By Abraham Adekunle

DG of biosafety agency says appropriate measures will be implemented.

To safeguard the interests of the country, the Nigerian government has affirmed its commitment to tackling the matter of importing Genetically Modified Products (GMP) by implementing appropriate measures. During a press conference held in Abuja, the capital of Nigeria, Dr. Agnes Asagbra, the Director General of the National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA), made an announcement regarding the progress and activities of the Agency with regards to super stores. She emphasized that the meeting holds immense significance as it enables her to reaffirm the agency’s responsibility of overseeing genetically modified items in the nation.

According to Asagbra, the main priority lies in the objective itself, which revolves around the essential issue of bringing in genetically modified products. This is a matter that requires the agency’s undivided attention, cooperation, and meticulous scrutiny. Asagbra stressed the close partnership between the agency and major retail stores, highlighting their shared commitment to ensuring that the importation of genetically modified products complies with the most stringent biosafety regulations. The agency plays a vital role in offering comprehensive support, guidance, and expertise throughout this process.

Agency has responsibility of harnessing measures accountably.

Her statement emphasized the importance of taking into account the intricate realm of biotechnology. It served as a reminder that the choices that we all make in the present have a profound impact on the future of fields such as agriculture, health, and the environment. Embracing the concept of biosafety not only ensures compliance with regulations but also plays a pivotal role in building a sustainable and resilient world for future generations. This is what the NBMA was established to achieve.

Asagbra also noted that the agency must take on the joint responsibility of ensuring that the progress is harnessed in a secure and accountable manner. Dr. Asagbra believes that biosafety goes beyond mere regulation; it demonstrates a dedication to the welfare of our people and the world we live in. By using genetically modified products, we can tackle significant global issues like ensuring food security, enhancing crop resilience, and improving nutrition for all. The agency aims to safeguard human health, biodiversity and the environment from any potential, adverse effect of genetically modified organisms including food safety.

Violators of the regulations will be punished.

Also, she emphasized that offenders and individuals who choose to disregard the regulations and directives set forth by the agency will face consequences. The agency holds the authority to impose penalties on any establishment that violates the law without hesitation. Furthermore, the Act, specifically section 39, grants the agency the power to conduct inspections, monitoring, and enforcement as per its responsibilities. According to the Act, the agency has the power to “in company of a Law Enforcement Officer, enter the premises, facility, laboratory, field, farm or other place, institutions or bodies covered by this Act to take action necessary to determine compliance with the Act.”

“It is strongly recommended that you obtain a copy of the act from our website in order to familiarize yourselves with its provisions, ensuring that no one is caught off guard,” she advised. Under section 22 of the amended NBMA Act 2015, it is stipulated that the Agency’s approval or permit is mandatory for any individual, institution, or entity involved in importing, exporting, transiting, conducting contained use, confined field trials, or multi-locational trials.

NBMA Act was passed in 2015 and amended in 2019.

Basically, a significant legislation called the National Biosafety Management Agency Act was passed in 2015 in Nigeria, and it was further amended in 2019. This Act was what gave birth to an agency whose primary purpose is to regulate and oversee the various activities related to modern biotechnology within the country. By doing so, this agency plays a vital role in protecting both lives and the environment from any harmful consequences that may arise from such biotechnology activities in Nigeria.


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AN-Toni
Editor
3 months ago

FG will address importation of GMPs. – DG of biosafety agency says appropriate measures will be implemented. – Express your point of view.

Taiwo
Member
3 months ago

A suitable plan will be put in place, according to the director of the biosafety agency. Importing Genetically Modified Products (GMPs) is a matter that the FG should take seriously. The government can control and guarantee the safety of these products by putting the right policies in place.

Kazeem1
Member
3 months ago

Importing GMPs will be handled by FG. – Proper steps will be taken, according to the director general of the biosafety agency. State your opinion.The agency’s whole focus, cooperation, and close examination are needed for this issue.The most strict biosafety rules are followed while importing genetically modified products.

SarahDiv
Member
3 months ago

It’s encouraging to see the Nigerian government taking proactive measures through the NBMA to regulate the importation of Genetically Modified Products, ensuring biosafety and sustainable practices. The emphasis on collaboration and penalties for violations demonstrates a commitment to safeguarding both the people and the environment.

Adeoye Adegoke
Member
3 months ago

That’s great to hear! Addressing the importation of Genetically Modified Products (GMPs) is an important step towards ensuring food safety and environmental sustainability. The implementation of appropriate measures by the Director-General of the biosafety agency demonstrates the government’s commitment to protecting the health and well-being of Nigerians.
By regulating and monitoring the importation of GMPs, we can safeguard our agricultural sector, preserve biodiversity, and maintain the integrity of our ecosystems. It’s crucial to have strict protocols in place to assess the potential risks and benefits associated with these products, ensuring that they meet the necessary safety standards.
Furthermore, the government should also focus on promoting and supporting local agricultural practices and sustainable farming methods. This can help boost our domestic agricultural sector, create employment opportunities, and enhance food security.
I’m optimistic that with the implementation of appropriate measures, Nigeria can strike a balance between harnessing the potential benefits of GMPs and safeguarding our environment and public health. Let’s continue to monitor these efforts and support initiatives that prioritize the well-being of our nation. 🌾🌱👩🏽‍🌾