By Edwin Nwanojuo
Director General/Chief Executive Officer of the National Biosafety Management Agency, Dr Rufus Ebegba, has called for more collaboration between the Agency and the media.
The DG made the call when a group of Editors and Bureau Chiefs of media houses visited the Agency in Abuja to interact with the DG/CEO on the status of Biosafety in Nigeria and to felicitate with the Agency as it marked its four years of establishment today. He said Nigerian journalists have great roles to play to ensure the development of the nation.
He urged the media to partner with government Agencies to ensure that government policies are realised for the benefit of Nigerians.
He said “the NBMA is one of the best regulatory Agencies in Africa as other countries in West Africa look up to the Agency in order to draw up their Biosafety policies and as journalists who are the gate keepers of information the responsibility beholds on you as gate keepers of information to ensure that factual and verified information is passed to the public”.
The Editors unanimously gave their support to the Agency and also called for more stakeholder engagement in order to enlighten and accurately educate the public on the activities and mandate of the Agency.
The Editors also commended the brilliants works of the Agency and its giant strides in ensuring the attainment of its mandate that is ensuring that only safe Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) are allowed into the Nigerian market and assured that they will stand by the ethics of the media in reporting only factual information.
The Editors also visited the Agency’s remodelled state-of-the-art GM Detection and Analysis Laboratory and were impressed at the world class equipment and manpower in the lab.
The interactive section had editors and bureau chiefs from various media houses in attendance.