Sharon Ikeazor, Minister of State for the Environment, said the federal government has approved a new national biosafety policy to protect the environment.
Announcing the development on Friday, Ikeazor said the approval was given at the extraordinary session of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) held on Thursday.
She said the policy will allow for early detection, rapid response and recovery from biosecurity incidents.
“The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved the national biosafety policy and the 2022 to 2026 action plan,” she said.
“This involves ensuring, among other things, biosecurity for the protection of the environment and human health against harmful biological agents and to protect our socio-economic development.
“The policy document aims to foster an integrated and holistic biosecurity strategy that will be implemented through a one-health approach to prevention, early detection, rapid response to biological threats and recovery from biologic threats. biosecurity incidents.
“This policy aims to ensure synergy and harmonization between biosafety actors for effective and efficient functioning of national biosafety systems.
“It’s about ensuring that all aspects of national and international biosafety agreements, conventions, guidelines and other instruments are duly taken into account. “
Ikeazor, which said it was happy with the approval, said it gives the country an appropriate, comprehensive and actionable document for environmental protection.
She explained that an effective synergy among stakeholders will foster an effective system of prevention, preparedness, response and mitigation against biological threats.
“The amendment mandates the agency to put in place measures to ensure biosecurity in Nigeria. AAfter several reviews, stakeholders validated the draft national biosafety policy and action plan in September 2021, before it was presented to the FEC for approval, ”she said.
“We are very pleased with this approval in the environmental sector, which gives the country an appropriate, comprehensive and actionable document.
“The document will address biosecurity issues and ensure that biological threats are properly contained and even eliminated. “
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