NABDA

NABDA - (Federal Ministry of Science and Technology) The Agency was established through Federal Executive Council approval on the 23rd of April, 2001 with the following vision, mission and mandates:

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Prof. Abdussalami Nasidi (Director NCDC) and Prof. Lucy Ogbadu (DG NABDA) at Symposium on Molecular Diagnosis of Hemorrhagic and Zoonotic Viral Disease and \ Treatment Held at NABDA Headquarter Abuja Dr. Abdu Bulama (HMST) and Prof. Lucy Ogbadu (DG NABDA) at Symposium Held at NABDA Headquarter in Abuja. Dr. Abdu Bulama (HMST), Prof. Lucy Ogbadu (DG NABDA), Dr. Nash Director Genetics, Genomics and Bio informatics Department NABDA at Symposium Held at NABDA Headquarter in Abuja Group Photo with Dr. Abdu Bulama (HMST) and Prof. Lucy Ogbadu (DG NABDA) at Symposium on Molecular Diagnosis of Hemorrhagic and Zoonotic Viral Disease and \ Treatment Held at NABDA Headquarter Abuja.

Develop viable and commercial biotechnology and technologies through strategic investments in biotechnology R & D to support innovation and economic development..

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National Biotechnology Development Agency  establishing and maintaining  collaborations and linkages with both local and international organizations

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Organizing state of the art training in order to boost staff productivity and enhance growth development.

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  • The senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has passed the National Bio safety Management Agency Establishment Bill, 2015.


    Addressing a press conference at  the NABDA Conference Hall last week, the Director-General, Prof Lucy Jumeyi Ogbadu lauded  the foresight  exhibited by the leadership of the senate  in unanimously adopting the report of its relevant committees.

    Professor Ogbadu reassured that the  Biosafety Bill, once signed into law by the President, is a safety valve to ensure that the potentials of modern biotechnology can be harnessed  for  Nigeria' s benefit without any risk to its people or environment.

    She recounted the inexhaustible benefits of a regulatory framework that a biosafety law represents to include: food security, wealth creation, gainful employement,  enhanced investment in R& D and trade among others.

    The Director- General admonished the stakeholders to sustain the momentum until the final assent of the President. She however, paid glowing tributes to all partners that have been involved in the  struggle to get a law in place that will guarantee the safe deployment of the techniques of biotechnology in Nigeria. They include among others;Africa Agricultural Technology Foundation(AATF), Program for Biosafety Systems (PBS), Monsanto, Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria (ARCN),the National Biosafety office
    of the Federal Ministry of Environment.

    Babajide Iletogun
    Head, Communication/ Protocol
     

  • NABDA CONVOKES INSTITUTIONAL SEMINAR SERIES

    The National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA) hosted the maiden edition of its institutional seminar series recently. The event is the initiative of the Director- General of the Agency, Prof.Lucy Jumeyi Ogbadu.

    Giving reasons for the series, the Director- General argued that the Agency being an academic institution should be seen to be actively contributing to knowledge for the good of the society. Specifically, 
    Prof. Ogbadu explained that the series will deal with high level research topics derived from the work of post graduate scientists from the technical departments of the Agency and thereby encourage  useful interaction with scientific minds.

    Chitu Womehoma Princewill, Assistant Director and a doctoral student of the Institute for Biomedical Ethics, University of Basel, Switzerland made a presentation on “Overview of Bioethics" while Dr Ajenifujah-Solebo, Assistant Director, dealt with "Agrobacterium -mediate transformation of local cultivars of tomatoes".
    Chitu emphasized that the need to reflect on the moral dimensions of the advances in science and technology as well as the desire to enhance public’s health has, in many areas of the world led to the establishment of various forms of Bioethics Committees.
    Justifying the rationale for Bioethics as a discipline, she explained that it ensures that biotech agencies/ companies adhere to stipulated rules, protects lives and the biosphere, checks scientific misconduct and ensures that science is practised in an acceptable manner.

    Babajide Iletogun
    Head, Communication/ Protocol

  • NABDA Committed to Renewable Energy in the Country

    The Director- General, National Biotechnology Development Agency( NABDA), Professor Lucy Jumeyi Ogbadu has given an assurance that the agency will work relentlessly to advance the cause of renewable energy in the country.

    Professor Ogbadu gave this indication during a presentation made by Dr.Felix Ukponu, a microbiologist and Managing Director of Hermesmann LLC, USA to the management and staff of Agency
    yesterday.

    The Director- General noted that biogas technology is feasible and affordable in the country since the raw materials required are readily available. Consequently, Prof. Ogbadu made a commitment to promote the use of the technology by taking steps to make it serve the energy needs on the premises of the corporate headquarters of the Agency located on the airport road, Lugbe Abuja.
    According to her, the success of this project in the agency will commend the technology to other agencies and individuals accross the country.

    Earlier in his presentation, Dr Felix Ukponu explained that biogas, which simply refers to the gas produced by the breakdown of organic matter in the absence of oxygen holds the promise of combating " a deadly quartets of problems confronting our country namely; unreliable energy/ electricity, unsustainable agriculture, waste accumulation and environmental pollution".
    Dr. Oby Onyia, the Director of Environmental Biotechnology department who facilitated the meeting rejoiced at what she described as the bright prospect of scientific waste management in the country using biogas technology.

     

    Babajide Iletogun
    Head, Communication/Protocol
    NABDA.

  • FEC Approves NABDA Bill, to Transmit to National Assembly

    The Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday approved the draft bill for an act to establish the National Biotechnology Development Agency and other related matters. The draft bill is to be transmitted to the National Assembly for the legislative input. Supervising Minister of Information, Nurudeen Mohammed, disclosed this while briefing State House correspondents after the weekly FECF meeting.

    He said the Minister of Science and technology brought a memo before the council, seeking its approval to transmit to National Assembly, a Draft Bill 2014, to establish the National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA).

    The minister said since its establishment in 2001, the agency had operated without any legislation backing its existence. "In realisation of this and challenges posed by lack of enabling law and omissions of basic provisions in the subsisting laws, necessitated the proposed bill for enactment into law."