The director-general of the National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA), Dr. Rufus Ebegba, has charged the re-inaugurated Biosafety Intelligence Unit (BIU) of the agency to ensure proper intelligence gathering and give prompt information with regards to matters of biosafety and biosecurity in the country.
He gave the charge while officially inaugurating the unit in his office in Abuja, saying the essence of the unit was to ensure compliance and adherence to biosafety laws and regulations with a view to preventing potential adverse effect on human health, animals, plants and the environment and the protection of the image of the agency.
“I expect that this newly inaugurated officers will hit the ground running and ensure that critical information needed to ensure stability of the NBMA on the issues of biosafety/biosecurity regulation are brought to the fore for prompt attention,” he said.
In his response, the unit head, Mr. Adamu Abisabo, on behalf of his members, thanked Ebegba for entrusting them with the responsibility of providing prompt and detailed intelligence information on matters relating to the agency and pledged they would do their utmost best to ensure the flag of the NBMA keeps flying high.
A statement obtained by Science Nigeria on the agency’s website said the officers of the unit were decorated with special intelligence jackets to aid them in the discharge of their duties