House of Representatives yesterday moved to regulate the Genetically Modified Organisms, GMOs, and food supplements being imported into the country.
While reiterating the need to educate Nigerians on the health hazards associated with GMOs and food supplements, the lawmakers resolved to invite the Minister of Agriculture, Audu Ogbeh, and other critical stakeholders to explain the issuance of permit to Monsanto Agriculture Nigeria Limited for the commercial release and placing on market with permit No. NBMA/CM/IM/001 and NBMA/C/FT/001, despite American Cancer Society listing glyphosate among the herbicides linked to cancer.
The resolution followed a motion titled ‘Need to Educate Nigerians on the Health Hazards Associated with Genetically Modified Organisms and Food Supplements’ sponsored by Hon. Austin Chukwukere.
In his lead debate, Chukwukere said there was a growing concern on the indiscriminate importation and use of the so-called food supplements grossly abused among the elite.
He raised alarmed that the GMOs and food supplements were starting to find their ways into their diet, stressing that these drugs and food supplements do not pass through medical and professional prescription.
Hon Ahmed Kaita was of the view that GMOs and food supplements were actually not supplementing anything in the body.
Kaita hinted that a lot of them were not being verified and usually come from unknown sources.
In its resolution, the House mandated its Committees on Environment, Health Services, and Agriculture Production and Services to invite the director-general of NAFDAC to present to them the certificate of analysis as well as submit list of those food supplements and GMOs that had been granted NAFDAC registration number.
The committees were given 12 weeks to report back to the House.

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  • Bako

    Please HOReps kill this evil before these people kill us with their lust for dollars of foreign sponsors. Nothing can be checked or controlled in the country – just ban any licencing etc