Yemi Adedeji, Abuja
The National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) says it will shut down superstores across the country selling products that contain Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) without permit.
Gloria Ogbaki, the agency’s Head of Media and Communications, in a statement issued said Rufus Ebegba, Director General of NBMA, gave the warning in Abuja during a meeting with representatives of super store owners in Abuja today.
He said meeting with the super stores owner would set the motion for strict enforcement of non-compliance as actions will be taken by penalizing those that fail to comply with the regulatory law.
Ebegba stated: “NBMA law empowers it to shut down stores either super or mini that deals with GMOs without permit from the appropriate authority and the Agency has the authority to impound and destroy such products while owners of such stores are prosecuted.”
“Let me use this avenue to categorically say that the Agency was not established to stop GMOs and their by-products, but to ensure that whatever product results from the practice of modern biotechnology is safe for human health and the environment,” he noted.
He urged them to get the permits for their business so that trading activities will not be disrupted as acquiring permit can only avoid disruption of their businesses.
Nkeiru Onyilofor Ajar, legal adviser of the agency, said failure to comply with the law would result in prosecution as stipulated in the NBMA law.
She added that right information should always be given as penalties are attached to false information, while stressing that the agency has the authority to seal up any store dealing in GM products without permit from the appropriate authority.