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Jonathan signs biosafety bill into law

22 April 2015, 17:11

Abuja - President Goodluck Jonathan has signed the National Biosafety Agency Bill into law, the Director-General of the National Biotechnology Development Agency, Prof. Lucy Ogbadu, has said.

In a statement made available to our correspondent in Abuja on Tuesday, Ogbadu said the bill was signed into law by the President on Monday.

She described the signing of the bill into law as a milestone in the domestication of modern biotechnology in Nigeria, adding that this would allow the country to join the league of nations advanced in the use of this cutting-edge technology as another window to boost economic development.

Also read: Jonathan signs Pension Reform Act 2014

She listed the objectives of the law to include harnessing the potential of modern biotechnology under a legal regulatory regime; ensuring environmental, human and socio-economic safety, while harnessing the benefits associated with the practice of modern biotechnology and its outputs; and exercising the sovereign right over all the nation’s natural resources and authority to regulate access to such resources.

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