Stakeholders Advocate Strict Regulation Of GMO Products
Panellists at a Roundtable on promoting biosafety have called for strict adherence to legislation and proper labelling of Genetically Modified Organisms products to protect Nigerians from harmful imported foods.
They made the call in Abuja during a discussion with lawyers and stakeholders on biosafety management organised by a non-governmental organisation Health of Mother Earth Foundation in Abuja.
One of the panellists, Professor of Medical Laboratory Science, Niger University, Professor Tatfeng Mirabeau who cautioned on the economic implications of Genetically Modified Organisms, GMO products on the nation, emphasized the need for more consultations among stakeholders.
Also, a natural health advocate, Mrs Jackie Ikeotuonye while expressing concern over the importation consumption and regulation of GMOs, called for proper labelling and more awareness creation about the products.
On his part, a medical microbiologist and public health advocate, Dr Ifeanyi Casmir maintained that Nigeria does not have the capacity for the production and control of GMO products.
Dr Casmir advised government and other stakeholders to find solutions to the challenges confronting farmers in the country to enable them to produce more foods.
In an address, the Director-General Health of Mother Earth Foundation, HOMEF, Mr. Nnimmo Bassey while maintaining that there must be strict laws on the importation and sale of GMO products, stressed the need for all stakeholders to join hands towards ensuring the safety of food and the environment.
Mr Bassey urged Nigerians to beware of all the food they buy and consume from the open market.