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NBMA Boss seeks collaboration with Police on GMO regulation

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Genetically modified rice. PHOTO: irri.org

The Director General/CEO, National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA), Dr Rufus Ebegba has called for synergy with the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) police command on the enforcement and regulation of genetically modified products in the country.

According to a statement signed by the Head, Press Unit of NBMA, Gloria Ogbaki, the DG/CEO who said this when he paid a courtesy visit to the office of the FCT Police Commissioner, Sadiq Abubakar Bello, said the Police is key to the operations of the agency in terms of enforcement.

“The Nigerian Police Force is always the first when we are looking at enforcement, this is because the law establishing the agency says enforcement must be done in company of the Nigerian police. The agency is regulating a very critical sector, hence the need for the police to synergise with the agency.”

Ebegba commended the command for its critical role in maintaining peace within and around the FCT, assuring that it is ready to partner with the command in order to ensure the safety of Nigerians.

Responding, Bello commended the effort of the agency in ensuring that food and crops coming into the country and those produced within the country are safe for the people and the environment.



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