FG Approves Policy Document On National Bio-Safety
The Federal Executive Council also approved a policy document on National Bio-safety.
Minister of State-Environment, Mr Ibrahim Jibrin, disclosed this while briefing State House Correspondents at the end of the Cabinet meeting.
He said the aim is to ensure the safety of genetically modified organisms in all parts of the country.
“The federal Ministry of Environment presented two memos to council. One was taken yesterday and one was taken today. The one taken today was a policy memo seeking council approval for the revision of the National Bio-safety Management Agency.
“The National Bio-safety Management Agency is an agency under the Ministry of Environment, charged with the responsibility of monitoring and supervising the use of genetically modified organisms in the country. Most of the time, people tend to mix this agency up with another sister agency in the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology.
“The one under the Science and Technology Ministry is charged with the responsibility of carrying out research and coming up with breakthroughs. The one under the Environment ministry is a regulatory agency charged with the responsibility of checking products with genetically modified organisms which will come into the country to ensure that they are safe for consumption.”