Wednesday 29th March, 2017
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NBMA will ensure security of biodiversity - Ebegba

NBMA will ensure security of biodiversity - Ebegba

The Director General, Nigerian Biosafety Management Agen­cy (NBMA), Dr. Rufus Eb­egba, says the agency will continue to promote the security of biodiversity in Nigeria.
Ebegba made the prom­ise in an interview with the News Agency of Nige­ria (NAN) in Abuja.
He said that the agency was working very hard to ensure that biodiversity is­sues such as handling and the use of GMOs in the country would benefit Ni­gerians.
“The issue of biosafety also relates to security of biodiversity and human health in the context of the deployment of GMOs that are safe to the environ­ment and human health”, he said.
He said that the agency had in a short time of its existence received various awards of excellence on its research and use of GMO.
He said that in his short stay as the Chief Executive Officer of the agency, var­ious groups had also rec­ognised his achievements.
The NBMA boss said that the recent award of ex­cellence by the Centre for Security Search and Oper­ation, an NGO was in rec­ognition of such achieve­ments.
He said that the award gave him a sense of hu­mility and had spurred the agency to do more to pro­tect the citizenry.
The mission of the agen­cy is to promote the basic tenets of biosafety as enun­ciated in the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety.
It is also to enforce the NBMA Act of 2015 to en­sure the safe application and use of products of modern biotechnology. (NAN)
 

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