National Bio-Safety Management Agency, NBMA has vowed to deal with companies which flout the Federal Government order directing all owners of Genetically Modified Organisms in the country to formalize their products by the end of 31stDecember, 2015.
NBMA in a press statement yesterday, made available to Nigerian Pilot said that it suspected that some companies were already operating in the country without regard to the directive and vowed to enforce full implementation of the laws.
It therefore urged such companies to comply with the Act establishing the NBMA law or be ready to face the music.
The statement quoted Director General of NBMA, Rufus Ebegba as giving stern warning while addressing stakeholders at the maiden National Biosafety conference held recently in Enugu, explaining that, ample evidences existed that there were unapproved genetically modified organisms’ suspects in Nigeria.
Ebegba said, “All those individuals, companies and institutions that are dealing in unapproved modern biotechnology and GMOs have a window of 6 months from June 2015 to formalize their dealings as the biosafety law would be enforced.’’
The Director General had called on institutions that would engage in modern biotechnology practice in the country to seek accreditation from National Biosafety Management Agency, adding that the agency has the capacity to give Nigeria
the desired holistic biosafety in a transparent manner so that the nation can benefit from modern biotechnology maximally without compromising safety to the environment and human health.
The National Biosafety Management Agency was established to provide regulatory framework to adequately safeguard human
health and the environment from potential adverse effects of modern biotechnology and genetically modified organisms.
Nigeria signed and ratified the Cartegena Protocol on Biosafety in 2000 and 2003 respectively as a commitment to global biosafety management.