FG, Dangote Denies Importing Genetically Modified Rice


The Federal Government has denied importing and flooding the nation’s markets with genetically modified rice (GMO).

The Director-General of the National Bio-safety Management Agency (NBMA), Dr Rufus Ebegba made the position of government known at a news conference on Wednesday in Abuja.

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It would be recalled that an online news platform had alleged that the Federal Government in partnership with The Dangote Group had flooded the nation’s market with poisonous genetically modified rice.

Dr. Ebegba said that there was no iota of truth in the report, stressing that no genetically modified rice had either been imported or released officially into the country.

Adding  that the Federal Government had banned the importation of rice and there was no indication that the ban had been lifted.

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Describing the online report as falsehood and an imagination of the writer, he said the report was intended to cause unnecessary panic and called on Nigerians to disregard it.

Ebegba added that NBMA was capable of regulating all GMO products in Nigeria, promising that the agency would not compromise on its mandate.

Dangote Group has equally denied the report which it described “malicious”. In a statement made available to pressmen on Tuesday,the group said: “it is absolutely false! Dangote is not involved in the production or sales of GMOs and its research in Nigeria or anywhere.”

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“However, what people should know is the ground breaking progress Dangote Rice has made since 2014 when it stopped  importation of rice and began local cultivation

“The intent of this broadcast is to bring into disrepute the hard earned reputation of Dangote and the actualization of its vision of making Nigeria self-sufficient in rice production.

“Moreover, with the ever watchful eagle eyes of organizations such as NAFDAC, SON, CPC with mandate to ensure food safety, how can a big organisation like Dangote import and flood the market with poisonous rice,” the statement read in part.