Representatives call for suspension of GMOs in Nigeria

Published May 17, 2024

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The Nigerian House of Representatives has called for the suspension of GMO crop commercialization due to safety concerns, mandating an investigation into their health and environmental risks. They also urged NAFDAC to ensure proper labeling of GM foods. The debate has polarized groups, with some advocating for GMOs and others opposing them due to potential risks. Despite these concerns, Nigeria recently approved the commercial release of four GM maize varieties. Additionally, Premium Times seeks reader support to maintain free access to its news content.
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The House of Representatives has urged the federal government to suspend the commercialisation of Genetically Modified (GMO) crops in Nigeria amid concerns over food and environmental safety. The decision of the House was made known Thursday following the adoption of a motion on the need to investigate the introduction of GMO crops in Nigeria. The motion was moved at the plenary by Muktar Shagaya (APC-Kwara). The House mandated that its Committee on Agricultural Production and Services conduct a comprehensive investigation into GMO introduction in Nigeria by the National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA). It also mandated the committee to assess the potential health and environmental risks associated with GM crops and report back within four weeks. “The Green Chamber also called on the federal government to suspend the introduction of new genetically modified crops until an investigation by its Committee on Agricultural Production and Services is completed and the findings are ...
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