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Bio-Safety: President Jonathan Signs Revolutionary Bill into law

The signing into law of the Bio-safety bill by President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan as his tenure clocks out, by key stakeholders in many spheres has been appraised as a laudable milestone in the domestication of modern biotechnology in Nigeria.

The biosafety bill, sponsored by the National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA) was initially passed by the 6th National Assembly in 2011 but was not attended to by the President and it became time barred.

Commending President Jonathan and members of the National Assembly for the quick assent of the bill, Director-General of NABDA, Prof. Lucy Jumeyi Ogbadu, said it would allow for the safe application of biotechnology to boost economic development in Nigeria.

Prof. Ogbadu said, “Signing the bio-safety bill is a milestone in the domestication of modern biotechnology in Nigeria. It is a giant stride that will allow the country to join the league of countries advanced in the use of this cutting edge technology as another window to boost economic development in Nigeria. It will create more employment, boost food production that will put a smile on the faces of farmers and elevate hunger.”

Highlighting the purpose of the law, Ogbadu said it is an act to provide for the management of bio-safety and other related matters and it seeks to harness the potentials modern biotechnology has to offer under a legal regulatory regime; ensure environmental, human and socio-economic safety while harnessing the benefits associated with the practice of modern biotechnology and its outputs and exercise the sovereign right over all the nation’s natural resources and authority to regulate access to such resources, among others.

The signing into law of the Bio-safety bill by President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan as his tenure clocks out, by key stakeholders in many spheres has been appraised as a laudable milestone in the domestication of modern biotechnology in Nigeria.

The biosafety bill, sponsored by the National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA) was initially passed by the 6th National Assembly in 2011 but was not attended to by the President and it became time barred.

Commending President Jonathan and members of the National Assembly for the quick assent of the bill, Director-General of NABDA, Prof. Lucy Jumeyi Ogbadu, said it would allow for the safe application of biotechnology to boost economic development in Nigeria.

Prof. Ogbadu said, “Signing the bio-safety bill is a milestone in the domestication of modern biotechnology in Nigeria. It is a giant stride that will allow the country to join the league of countries advanced in the use of this cutting edge technology as another window to boost economic development in Nigeria. It will create more employment, boost food production that will put a smile on the faces of farmers and elevate hunger.”

Highlighting the purpose of the law, Ogbadu said it is an act to provide for the management of bio-safety and other related matters and it seeks to harness the potentials modern biotechnology has to offer under a legal regulatory regime; ensure environmental, human and socio-economic safety while harnessing the benefits associated with the practice of modern biotechnology and its outputs and exercise the sovereign right over all the nation’s natural resources and authority to regulate access to such resources, among others.

 

Culled from AgroNigeria

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