Reps Urges Immediate Suspension of New GM Crops in Nigeria Pending Investigation

The House of Representatives has called on the Nigerian Government to immediately halt the introduction of new genetically modified (GM) crops, pending an investigation by its Committee on Agricultural Production and Services.

This decision followed the adoption of a motion presented by Mr. Muktar Shagaya during Wednesday’s plenary session, which emphasized the need to scrutinize the introduction of GM crops in Nigeria.

In his lead debate, Mr. Shagaya explained that genetically modified crops, commonly known as GM crops, are plants whose DNA has been altered using genetic engineering techniques for agricultural purposes.

The lawmaker pointed out that the recent introduction of GM crops in Nigeria has sparked significant concerns regarding their safety, regulatory oversight, and potential impacts 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 stated.

Mr. Shagaya highlighted public outcries over the potential risks these GM crops may pose, including threats to human health, environmental degradation, and food security. He also raised issues regarding the National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA), accusing it of approving GM crops without adhering to due process and scientific protocols.

Lawmakers stressed the long-term health impacts of GM crops, citing potential hazards such as cancer, antibiotic resistance, allergic reactions, and reproductive issues. They called for precautionary measures to address these potential health risks.

The motion’s adoption signifies a critical step towards ensuring the safety and well-being of Nigerians, as the House of Representatives seeks to thoroughly investigate the implications of introducing genetically modified crops into the country’s agricultural sector.

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