According to the Director-General of the National Biotechnology Development Agency, Professor Lucy Ogbadu, the National Biosafety Agency Bill was signed into law by President Goodluck Jonathan on Monday, 20th April.
The objectives of the law is to exploit the potential of modern biotechnology under a legal regulatory regime while ensuring environmental, human and socio-economic safety. Professor Lucy Ogbadu described the signing of the bill into law as a milestone in the domestication of modern biotechnology in Nigeria, saying that this would allow Nigeria to join other nations advanced in the use of bio-technology as another window to boost economic development.
Ogbadu said, “It will create more employment, boost food production that will put a smile on the faces of farmers and alleviate hunger if given good attention by the government. The National Biosafety Act is crucial in the management of modern biotechnology in the country.
“Modern biotechnology has been identified as an important tool that can help countries to achieve food sufficiency, food security, industrial growth, health improvement and environmental sustainability, while the Biosafety Act will give the legal framework to check the activities of modern biotechnology locally as well as imported GM crops into the country as well as providing an avenue to engage Nigerian scientists, experts from different fields to identify and pursue solutions to our local challenges.”