By OFAB Nigeria
Over 181 participants of the Faith-Based Perspectives workshop on Agricultural Biotechnology and Biosafety regulation of GMOs in Nigeria organized by OFAB made positive recommendations as a way forward for GM technology adoption in Nigeria.
According to the participants, science is too important to be left for the scientists alone. A session of dialogue like this workshop is critical for developers to understand the concerns of the people and consider such feedbacks. Overall, they added that there is need to deploy a home-grown technology such as agricultural biotechnology to address the local needs of Nigerians.
However, the Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, His Eminence, John Cardinal Onaiyekan who was present at the workshop said that the Catholic Church is not against the use of biotechnology but calls for caution and adequate regulation in its deployment to ensure that social justice issue is addressed.
“The Catholic Church’s position is that regulation should be effective and caution applied to ensure justice, equity and transparency in the development and use of GMOs. In addition, the Church does not have any official stand on GMOs, but advises on emphasizing ethical understanding of the various issues in their diverse ramifications,” he emphasized.
Some activists present agreed that the potentials of the technology is enormous although caution has to be applied. The participants applauded OFAB and its efforts to sensitise Nigerians on the technology and called for more of such events.