A DISCLOSURE Thursday came from the
Addressing a press conference Thursday in
She added that the country has also developed a number of regulatory instruments which include biosafety application administration guidelines, Biosafety bill, policy, guidelines, Biosafety containment facilities guidelines, accreditation of institute application form, certification of biosafety containment facility form, confined field trial monitoring and inspection manual.
Other regulatory instrument include GMO import and shipment form, National Biosafety Risk Analysis Framework, Nigeria Biosafety Socio-economic consideration guidelines, decision document, draft biosafety regulation on GMOs import and export, draft biosafety Regulation on labeling, packaging and transport.
They also include Draft Biosafety Regulation on labelling, packaging and transport, draft biosafety regulation on GMOs commercialisation. She added that a biosafety laboratory has also been established for GMOs detection and analysis.
Calling for the quick passage of the biosafety bill, Ogbadu noted that the absence of the law has hampered research and development in modern biotechnology in the country and would enable research institutes to carry out their statutory functions.
She said: "The absence of biosafety law has made it difficult for the agency, research institutes,
She warned that the absence of biosafety law might make
While not denying the presence of GMOs in the country, she said there was little the agency could do to contain the spread of GMOs in the markets.
She highlighted some of the importance of Biotechnology in the country to include increase in food supply with less farmland requirement; discovery of new medicines and vaccines diagnosis for diseases such as Alzheimer, cystic, fibrosis, cancer, HIV/AIDs and also clean up of oil spills, prevention of deforestation, provision of eco-friendly materials.
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