The National Inter-Religious Council (NIREC) has advised the Federal Government to be cautious in allowing Genetically Modified (GM) foods into the country.
NIREC in a report by its committee set up to investigate claims for and against GM foods said it was not advisable to go on with GMOs in Nigeria for now because the country was not ripe for it.
The report entitled, “Final report on GMOs and Recommendation,” said the agency in charge of biotechnology industry in the country does not have facilities and expertise to regulate and control GM practice in the country.
The Committee members include: Prof. M.C. Asuzu (Chairman), Prof. Musa N. Borodo (Co-Chairman), Prof. L.O. Sanni, Prof. A.A. Oladosu, Prof. Y. Saidu, Prof. Philip Njemanze, Nnimmo Bassey, Prof. Maurice Iwu, Prof. Labode Popoola, Dr. Rufus Ebegba, Dr. Rose M. Gidado, Utaan Omozusi, Aduwu Reuben (NIREC Officer).
NIREC said it set up the committee following several complaints regarding the possible dangers of the unguarded release of GMOs into the Nigerian agriculture and food chain.
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