From MOHAMMED ABDULLAHI, Keffi
The Vice Chancellor of Nasarawa State University, Keffi (NSUK) Professor Suleiman Bala Mohammed has said that Bio-safety was an important issue in Nigeria because of its adoption in the areas of agriculture and many other aspects of humanities
The Vice Chancellor who made this known while speaking at the 5th National Bio-safety Conference organized by National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) hosted by Nasarawa State University, Keffi, recently described the theme of the conference as apt, contemporary and relevant.
According to him, Nasarawa State University, Keffi was an institution 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 programs in the Nigeria university system. This university is collaborating with a number of universities across the world in different areas especially in the areas of students exchange, join publications and research”.
In his speech the convener of the conference and Director General/Chief Executive Officer of National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA), Dr. Rufus Ebegba said any country in the world that fails to embrace science and technology woulds not go far in the aspect of developments, adding that the Federal Government decided to established National Biosafety Management Agency in order to drive the country’s economy.
According to him, bio-security 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 was 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 conference which was the 5th in the series was basically to address issues geared towards driving the country’s economy, owing to the fact that there were some products that are not safe in the country.