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Published On: Thu, May 24th, 2018

NBMA synergises INTERPOL to ensure modern biotechnology safety

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By Mashe Umaru Gwamna

The National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) said it synergized collaborate with the Interpol as part of efforts to ensure the safe application of modern biotechnology and the use of its products which includes genetically modified organisms (GMOS).
The Director General of the Agency Dr Rufus Ebegba said this when he led the management team of the Agency who paid a courtesy visit to the office of the commissioner of police and head of Interpol National Centre Bureau (NCB) who is also the head of the Interpol committee delegate representing Africa Olushola Subair.
The DG said the essence of the collaboration is to synergise with the Interpol and to make sure that the Agency is promptly alerted whenever GM seed or grain comes into the country without Biosafety permit and to also ascertain the country of origin and those involved.
A statement signed by Head Media and Communications, Ogbaki Gloria said Dr. Rufus said the Agency has signed memorandum of understanding with other sister agencies all in a bid to ensure that its mandate is achieved, noting that a collaboration with the centre will help the Agency in its bid to deliver on its mandate.
Responding, the head of the Interpol NCB Olushola Subair said the Interpol is ready and very willing to collaborate with the Agency to ensure that the mandate of the NBMA is achieved, noting that there are very key areas Interpol can collaborate with the Agency.
The CP said the Interpol will collaborate with the Agency in terms of training for staff; provide protective kits and equipment for staff of the NBMA among others.
The CP led the NBMA’s delegation to the centre’s cybercrime unit and the digital resource centre.

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