FG accents to amendment of National Biosafety Management Act

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The Federal Government has given its accent to the amendment of the National Biosafety Management Agency Act, 2019.

This was disclosed 2nd Annual Nigerian Biological Safety Association (NiBSA) National and Regional Conference with the theme: ”The Role of Biosafety and Biosecurity in National and Regional Development”

The decision by government may not be unconnected with the current advancement in science and technology and the use of same for development in other climes.

Represented by the Minister of State Health, Dr. Olorunnimbe Mamora, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said, “Biotechnology is rapidly advancing, and has become the engine of growth for socio-economic development of many nations of the world.

He qualified Biosafety to a tool used by great nations of the world to tackle food security, job/wealth creation, affordable healthcare delivery and sustainable environment.

Osinbajo explained that biotechnology could be used to achieve almost all targets of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) established to help nations achieve national, regional and global development.

‘‘It is evident in the recent increase in global calls through various international conventions and regulations, to improve the sensitization and awareness of critical biosafety and biosecurity practices to decrease the risk of terrorists possessing deadly pathogens; to prevent the accidental release of pathogens into the environment and; to increase the safety of laboratory workers’’.

Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire represented, stated that the present Administration sees the population’s health, biosafety and biosecurity as core components of our national health security agenda that cannot be ignored.

He said that Government over the past three years established strong practices for biosafety and biosecurity in all reference laboratories, starting with the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) National Reference Laboratory.

The Minister of Environment, Dr. Muhammad Abubakar also represented said the Ministry is presently working with nine other Ministries and development partners to evolve a National Biosecurity guideline and regulations to go with the newly accented National Biosafety Management Agency Bill.

Earlier, the President of NiBSA, Dr. Abiodun Denloye said the conference will offer the opportunity to discuss issues, interact and network with stakeholders and participants in Nigeria, Africa and around the globe, having worked in conjunction with partners over the years by training professionals to strengthen their knowledge base in the areas of Bio-risk management amongst others.

 

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