The National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) has cautioned grain importers against importing genetically modified grains (GMG) like soybean or maize without the agency’s permit.
The Director General/Chief Executive Officer, NBMA, Dr Rufus Ebegba, described GMG as both a health and environment risk.
Ebegba, who spoke in Abuja on Tuesday, July 23, said, “I wish to use this opportunity to sound a note of warning to importers of grains that they should not import into this country any genetically modified grain in the form of soybean or maize.
“We will come heavily on any company or individual that brings in such products without biosafety permit.”
He assured Nigerians that the National Biosafety Management Agency has been established to ensure that they are protected from potentially harmful impact of Genetically Modified Organisms(GMOs).
According to him, Nigerians therefore have no cause to be afraid of GMOs.
“On this note it is only the GMOs that we confirm safe that will be allowed for consumption or planting or for sale in Nigeria.
“I use this opportunity to let them know that the agency will work to ensure this technology is applied for the safety and economic prosperity of Nigerians,” Ebegba noted.
Reiterating his warning to importers, the biosafety boss said that all offenders will be dealt with as the agency will partner with all relevant security apparatus to enforce the directive.