The National Biosafety Management Agency NBMA, has received an award from the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) for the role of the Agency in ensuring that unapproved genetically modified Organisms (GMOs) are not allowed into the country and for the very strategic partnership between both Agencies.

The Director General and Chief Executive Officer of the NBMA Dr Rufus Ebegba who received the award on behalf of the Agency thanked the Nigeria Customs Service for the honour and pledged that the NBMA will continue to partner with the NCS in ensuring that only safe and approved GMOs are deployed for the benefit of Nigerians and the environment.

He said “the NBMA is an Agency of the Federal Government and the NCS has been a wonderful partner as the joint partnership resulted in the repatriation of nine thousand metric tons of unapproved GM maize that was imported into the country in 2017.”

“We will continue to partner with the Nigeria Customs Service to build a safe environment for Nigerians by ensuring that unapproved GMOs are not allowed to enter the Nigerian market through our borders”.

The Comptroller General of the Nigerian Customs Col. Hameed Ibrahim (Rtd) while giving the award, commended the Agency for its dedication to ensuring safety of humans and the environment.

The CG said the certificate of merit was given to the Agency by the world Customs Organization (WCO) on the occasion of the international Customs day for rendering exceptional service to the international Customs Community.

He said the award was based on the theme for the world Customs day 2020 tagged “Customs, fostering sustainable future for people, prosperity and planet”, and the NBMA has shown commitment and distinguished itself in the area relating to the theme, hence the honour with the prestigious WCO merit award.

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