The Nigeria Institute of Food, Science and Technology (NIFST) on Tuesday, warned that Genetically Modified Seedlings would be inimical to the countries local seedlings.

President of NIFST, Dr Dahiru Adamu, who gave the warning in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos, said that the genetically modified seeds would make it impossible for our local seedlings to be productive for farmers and the nation.

“Once we allow genetically modified seeds to come into Nigeria to be planted by our farmers, that may mark the end of Nigeria.

“This is because by the time these seedings are planted, one, two to five years, it will compare with our local seedlings and will not allow them to germinate.

“This will lead us to buying seeds from them and therefore, hold us to ransome, and become the determinant factor whether the country gets food or not and in turn become a big problem for the country,” he said.

Speaking on the health implication, the NIFST President said, it would be a long term effect because it was not something that would feature immediately.

He, therefore, urged the National Assembly to tread softly as regards its passage into law.

NAN reports that the National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) has given a seven-day ultimatum to importers of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) such as seeds, grains and foods to obtain import permit or be sanctioned.

The Director-General of the agency, Dr Rufus Ebegba, said that the ultimatum was to sound a note of serious warning to importers of GM products against unauthorised importation and release of GM foods and products into the country.

NAN also reports that the agency has observed with dismay the attempt by some of the importers not to follow the due process on biosafety permit.

[World Stage]

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