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ECOWAS tasks FG on Bio-safety

By Laide Akinboade

The Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS) recently, tasked the Federal Government to ensure bio-safety development in the region and as well embrace modern biotechnology.ECOWAS representative, Mr. Ernest Aubee stated this at the national consultative forum on draft West African Sub-regional bio-safety regulation held in Abuja, where urged the Federal Government to ensure that Nigeria as the giant of Africa set the pace in the area of bio safety.

Minister of Environment, Mr. John Odey, who was represented by Director of Forestry, Mr Peter Papka said the application of modern biotechnology is an integrated multi-disciplinary manner would be a valuable tool for addressing the several challenges of ECOWAS members states.

According to him, “Bio-safety regulation will further help ECOWAS member states in the area of food production, genetic improvement of crops and animals as well as health, environment sustainability and industrial development. “ECOWAS states are highly endowed with enormous biodiversity which requires conservation, sustainable utilisation and protection from the unregulated impact of modern biotechnology activities, as well as genetically modified organisms. “Nigeria’s regulation of modern biotechnology is intended to harness the potentials it has to offer in the field of improved agriculture, food, medicine, health, industrial development and environment sustainability and to avert possible adverse impacts on the environment and human health”, he said.

Odey called on the participants at the consultative forum to critically review the document in other to make it responsive to modern biotechnology concerns, “so that our environment will be safer”. Meanwhile Minister of Environment, Mr John Odey, said Nigeria’s regulation of biotechnology will enhance the socio-economic development of the nation. According to him, “There is no doubt the application of modern biotechnology requirements. There is no doubt the application of modern biotechnology in an integrated multi-disciplinary manner would be a valuable tool for addressing the several challenges of ECOWAS member states, in food production, genetic improvement of living systems,( crops and animals), as well as health, environmental sustainability and industrial development.”

“ECOWAS states are highly endowed with enormous biodiversity which requires conservation, sustainable utilization and protection from the un-regulated impact of modern biotechnology activities, as well as genetically modified organisms. Nigeria’s regulation of modern biotechnology is intended to harness the potentials it has to offer in the field of improved agriculture/food, medicine/health, industrial development and environment sustainability and to avert possible adverse impacts on the environment and human health.


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