25 November 2020 By Ifeayin Osita
Panelists at a Roundtable on promoting biosafety have called for strict adherence to legislation and proper labelling of Genetically Modified Organisms, GMOs products to protect Nigerians from harmful imported foods.
They made the call in Abuja during a discussion with lawyers and stakeholders on biosafety management.
One of the panelists, Professor of Medical Laboratory Science, Niger University, Professor Tatfeng Mirabeau who cautioned against the economic implications of 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 was of the opinion that Nigeria does not have the capacity for 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 produce more food.
In an address, the Director General Health of Mother Earth Foundation, HOMEF, Mr. Nnimmo Bassey while maintaining that there must be strict laws on 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 foods they buy and consume from the open market.