BY DAVID DARI
The Vice Chancellor, Nasarawa State University, Keffi (NSUK), Professor Suleiman Bala Mohammed, has said that Biosafety was an important issue in Nigeria at present because of its adoption in the areas of agriculture and in many other aspects of humanities.
The Vice Chancellor who made this known while delivering his welcome address during the 5th National Biosafety Conference organized by National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) hosted by Nasarawa State University, Keffi, yesterday, described the theme of the conference as apt, contemporary and relevant.
According to him, Nasarawa State University is a university that welcomes partnership with individuals, organizations and groups in order to further scholarship synergy.
“We are committed to partnering with individuals, organizations and groups. We believe that this is an opportunity for us to establish relationship.
“Therefore as you participate in this conference you should be free, absolutely, to ask questions about the university and interact with the university lecturers that are here, and open up areas of collaborations and cooperation”, Professor Mohammad said.
He continued: “This university has the best post graduate programmes in the Nigeria. We are collaborating with a number of universities across the world in different areas especially in students exchange, joint publications and researches.”
In his speech, the convener of the conference, Director General/Chief Executive Officer of National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA), Dr. Rufus Ebegba said any country that fails to embrace science and technology will not go far in the aspect of developments.
He added that the federal government decided to establish National Biosafety Management Agency in order to drive the country’s economy.
According to him, biosecurity was becoming a global issue, saying that a new mandate to the agency was to hold a stakeholders meeting very soon to look at what they have on ground.
“The National Center for Disease Control is a major organ of government, we will work with them closely, and other agencies to see that we have a holistic national Biosafety policy in the country and also to ensure that we have a national biosecurity emergency strategists”, he reiterated.
Dr. Ebegba said the 5th National Biosafety Conference was basically to address issues geared towards driving the country’s economy, owing to the fact that there are some products that are not safe in the country.
Highlights of the conference included a keynote address by Professor Y. B Ngwai, paper presentations and goodwill messages from sister organizations within the country.
The theme of the conference is ‘Biosafety Management of Nigeria a Panacea for Economy Growth and Development’.