EWHC represented at the Agricultural Biotechnology & Biosafety Workshop
Chairman of the workshop; Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, Hon Minister of Science and Technology flanked on the left by DG/CEO NABDA, Prof. Lucy Jumeyi Ogbadu and on the left by DG/CEO NBMA, Dr. Rufus Edegba NABMA.
Representatives of the Every Woman Hope Centre (EWHC) attended the recently conducted Workshop on Agricultural Biotechnology & Biosafety with theme: “The Role of Agricultural Biotechnology in the achievement of food security and Economic Diversification in Nigeria”.
The workshop was held on the 17-18th March, 2016 at Ladi Kwali Hall, Sheraton Hotel & Towers, Abuja Nigeria. The workshop was organized by the National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA) in collaboration with National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) and declared open by the Honorable Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu.
In his keynote address, the Honorable Minister of Science and Technology described the theme of the workshop as timely and that modern biotechnology is contributing immensely in the fight against poverty and diseases.
He said, “I see a bright future where no Nigerian will go to bed hungry because there is no food to eat, and no farmer will not be able to pay his bills as a result of poor harvest, and that post-harvest losses are not allowed to create food shortages in our country”.
He concluded; “President Muhammadu Buhari is committed to ensuring that science and technology are effectively utilized to serve our nation, feed our people, cloth and shelter them, grow our economy, create jobs for the young and old and ensure that the rule of law is upheld”
Participants include stake holders from the Federal Ministries of; Science & Technology, Agriculture & Rural Development, Environment and Industry, Trade & Investment. There were representatives from; Open Forum on Agricultural Biotechnology (OFAB) who played visible role in the organization, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations (UN), United State Development Agency (USDA), United State Agency for International Development(USAID), MONSATO, International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications (ISAAA), African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF), Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria (ARCN) and the Program for Biosafety System (PBS).
Institutions and Organizations that were also represented include; Federal University; Oye-Ekiti, Federal University of Agriculture Umudike, Godfrey Okoye University; Enugu, Obafemi Awolowo University; Ife and Ahmadu Bello University; Zaria, Research Institutions, Journalists, Farmers and Civil Society Organizations including Every Woman Hope Centre.
The objectives of the Workshop include:
Among the issues discussed were:
There was a total of Seventeen (17) papers presented.
At the end of the 2-day workshop, some recommendations were made which include;
Prof Lucy Jumeyi Ogbadu during her presentation at the workshop
In her closing remarks, Prof. Lucy Jumeyi Ogbadu, DG/CEO NABDA noted that Biotechnology has been available since 1930s and has significant role to play in moving agriculture forward in Nigeria to improve overall productivity and livelihood. She also emphasized the readiness of the agency to support science-based evaluation system in addressing concerns regarding what is seen as potential risks.
In his own remarks, Dr. Rufus Ebegba, DG/CEO NBMA, reaffirmed the agency’s commitment to maintain Biosafety standards. He also confirmed the agency’s capacity to guide the national Biosafety regulatory system for all GMOs and safe Biotechnology policies that will enhance good health, food security & agricultural development, economic growth and environmental sustainability. He also encouraged the complementary role of other law enforcement agencies for strict enforcement of the provisions of the Biosafety Act.