Emergency Response: NBMA, NCS others hold safety consultative meeting on Biosecurity

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From: Bamidele Fashube, Abuja

TO avoid the risk of intentional release of modern biological materials into the country, the National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) on Friday met with the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS), Nigerian immigration Service (NIS) and other relevant government agencies to discuss emergency biosafety measures.

The consultative meeting which held at the agency’s headquarters in Abuja is meant to consider areas of partnerships among the concerned agencies.

“Biosecurity is a critical part of our government’s efforts to prevent, respond, and reduce risks of intentional release or misuse of biological materials that threaten the economy and environment,” Dr. Rufus Ebegba, Director-General of the NBMA stated at the meeting.

He said the meeting became imperative to design pro-active measures to mitigate such incidence that could affect the citizens and the nation’s economy.

“Other aims of the meeting include coming up with a national Biosecurity emergency response strategy, discuss on available harmful biological agents and how best to mitigate them so they don’t cause harm to humans and the environment.”

The DG stressed that the consultative meeting was aimed at looking at areas of collaboration between other stakeholders on Biosecurity.

Aside, it is also to identify current roles and existing biosecurity instruments for efficient biosecurity regulation.

The NBMA is the agency of Federal Government empowered by law to protect the nation against GMO and arbitrary use of the technology.

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