The National Biosafety Management Agency, NBMA is working with the World Health Organization, WHO and other relevant organizations, to develop a robust national biosecurity policy before the end of 2021.
Director General of the agency Rufus Ebegba made this in Abuja, at the second national review meeting of the draft National Biosecurity Policy and Action Plan.
Ebegba, while commending the WHO for supporting the agency from the outset, noted that the Federal Government considered the issue of a national biosecurity policy as a major national assignment.
He also explained that the agency will ensure that the review process, under the Federal Ministry of Environment, will have the Federal Executive Council taking a critical look at it and taking a decision.
The Director General therefore, urged stakeholders to see the national biosecurity policy as a major national assignment that would go a long way to minimize the risks of biological threats, improve human health, agriculture and environment.
In his remark, WHO representative, Philip Zorto, expressed the hope that before the end of the year, the policy document would be completed and presented to the Federal Executive Council. He also called on stakeholders to work together to ensure the realisation of the ultimate goal of making the document a working one, so as to be internationally acceptable.