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House moves to suspend introduction of genetically modified crops

House moves to suspend introduction of genetically modified crops

The House of Representatives has called on the Nigerian Government to immediately suspend the introduction of new genetically modified crops pending the investigation of its Committee on Agricultural Production and Services.

This was sequel to the adoption of a motion on the need to investigate the introduction of Genetically Modified Crops in Nigeria moved during plenary on Wednesday by Muktar Shagaya.

In his lead debate, the lawmaker informed that genetically modified crops, commonly referred to as GM crops are plants used for agricultural purposes whose DNA has been altered using genetic engineering methods.

The lawmaker noted that the recent introduction of genetically modified crops in Nigeria has raised serious questions mostly about safety, regulatory oversight, and the potential impact on the country’s biosafety and ecosystem.

“The House is aware that genetically modified foods can be created to contain almost anything including genes that have higher levels of toxicity and negative long-term effects on human health.”

He also explained that the introduction of the crops has led to public outcries with serious concern expressed about the potential risks these GM crops may pose to human health, environmental degradation as well as food security.

Mr Shagaya emphasized that the National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA), has been accused of approving the introduction of GM crops into Nigeria without due process as well as scientific protocol.

Lawmakers also emphasized that GMO crops have long-term impacts on human health adding that they have uncertain hazards, calling for precautionary measures due to potential health risks including cancer, antibiotic resistance as well as allergic reactions, and reproduction issues.