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Nigeria issues biosafety law

Nigeria has passed its biosafety law. The President has signed the decree some four years after it was passed in the lower house of Parliament. The Senate added its assent earlier this year. The National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA) will take a leading role in the development of genetically modified products, national media report. Its director general, Professor Lucy Ogbadu, reportedly called the signing “a milestone in the domestication of modern biotechnology in Nigeria”. The NABDA also reportedly claims that Nigeria “could begin to commercialise biotechnology for cotton, maize and herbicide-tolerant soybeans, all of which are already in use in South Africa, Burkina Faso and Egypt”. It follows African countries including Egypt, Kenya, Cameroon, Tanzania, Malawi, Mauritius, South Africa, Burkina Faso, Namibia, Mali and Zimbabwe in adopting such legislation.

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