Imported GM maize deported due to lack of authorization 

 

 

The Director General/ CEO, National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA), Dr. Rufus Ebegba has said the imported GM maize that was impounded at Apapa Wharf was repatriated back to its country of origin as the importers failed to comply with the NBMA 2015 act.

 

Dr. Ebegba stated this while addressing a press conference noting that, the Agency, after an intelligence report on the arrival of the shipment, alerted the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) and both government agencies worked together to confiscate the cargo ship, while samples of the maize were collected and analyzed.

 

He said scientists from the Agency’s laboratory carried out the analysis while a private laboratory was also commissioned to conduct another analysis and that results from both analyses confirmed that the imported maize seeds were genetically modified.

 

The DG encouraged potential business individuals and retailers interested in importing genetically modified products to seek proper approval and recommendation from the Agency before doing so, adding that NBMA has the mandate to ensure the safety of GM products to both human health and the environment.

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