By Alex Abutu
Nigerians have been asked to stop seeking sensitive information especially on genetically modified organisms from unscientific quarters.
Dr Rufus Ebegba, Director General, National Biosafety Management Agency gave the advise while speaking at a one day sensitisation seminar organised for staff of the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology by the Open Forum on Agricultural Biotechnology (OFAB).
Ebegba said that those against the deployment of biotechnology and its tools in the country were instilling fears in the minds of Nigerians by circulating unscientific and unsubstantiated information that the technology is harmful.
“There is no need to panic as government has established necessary safeguards to ensure that the technology is not abuse. Americans have been eating GM foods for over 20 years now and there have not been any health implication so it is high time we disregard such rumours,” he said.
Speaking earlier, Prof. Lucy Ogbudu, Director General, National Biotechnology Development Agency in an overview of genetically modified organisms and agricultural biotechnology said that Nigerians have nothing to fear about the technology.
Ogbudu said that in facilitating the technology, government was convinced of its efficacy and its capacity to address mirage of challenges associated with farming.
OFAB Country Coordinator, Dr Rose Gidado said that the seminar was one in the series lined up to sensitise staffers of federal government ministries.