The Minister of Science and Technology of Nigeria, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, opened the workshop held in collaboration with ICGEB, NABDA and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity in Abuja, Nigeria this week.
Training provided at the Workshop enables participants to understand the processes involved in LMO detection and identification, as well as hands-on experience in performance in relevant laboratory methods, in support of the effective implementation of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety.
The Minister announced during the opening ceremony of the ICGB-NABDA-SCBD-NBMA Workshop on Basic Laboratory Training on Living Modified Organisms (LMO) Detection and Identification, that the federal government has identified biotechnology as one of the technological tools the government plans to apply to ensure it adequately caters for the food demands of the growing population. Read more
Acting Director-General of NABDA, Prof. Alex Akpa (Appointed Governor for Nigeria to the ICGEB) disclosed that the Federal Government has given approval to the Agency (NABDA) to produce diseases-resistant seedlings for farmers in the country. Read more
Link to the Biosafety Group in Trieste
Photo: L-R: Dr. Shakirat Oloruntoyin Ajenifujah-Solebo (Deputy Director, Agricultural Biotechnology Department, National Biotechnology Development Agency), Prof. Alex U. Ukpa (Ag. Director-General/CEO, National Biotechnology Development Agency), Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu (Minister of Science and Technology of Nigeria), Dr. Nasiru Ibrahim (Director, Department of Agricultural Biotechnology, National Biotechnology Development Agency), Mr. Austein McLoughlin (Associate Programme Management Officer, Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity), Dr. Frank Narendja (Head of GMO Laboratory, Land Use and Biosafety, Federal Environmental Agency, Vienna and ICGEB Consultant).