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.

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

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  • ASURI takes off in NABDA

    The National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA) chapter of Academic Staff Union of Research Institutions (ASURI) has elected new executive members to run its affairs for the next three years.

    At its Congress held recently at the Agency’s headquarters, Dr Adebanjo Otitoju of the Agricultural Biotechnology Department (AGB) emerged as Chairman above Omaka Eward of the Environmental Biotechnology Department (EBD) with 91 votes to 61 votes after Dr Brath Ibeh of the Medical Biotechnology Department (MBD) withdrew from the contest.

    Other contestants for the remaining post were returned unopposed. They are, Hadiza Rasheed Jada of Genetics and Molecular Department (GMD) as Vice –Chairman, Ifeanyi Ekwerekwu of MBD as Secretary, Ifeanyi Anyanwu of EBD as Assistant Secretary, Eno Eningwa of GMD as the PRO, Lawrence Madu of EBD as the Treasurer and Kate Akubue of Bio-entrepreneurship and extension services Department (BED) as the Financial Secretary.

    Administering the oath of allegiance on the new executive on behalf of the 7-man electoral committee, the electoral committee chairman, Mohammed Sanni, an Asst Director from the Abuja BIODEC commended members of the executive and their agents for conducting themselves maturely which he said led to a peaceful conduct of the elections.

    In his post election acceptance speech, the new ASURI chairman NABDA chapter, Dr Adebanjo Otitoju assured the staff that their welfare will be a top priority particularly on hazard benefits among others.

    Dr Otitoju pledged on improved communication between staff and management with the aim of building transparency and accountability.

    Speaking on the peaceful conduct of the election, the Comptroller of Labour, FCT Office, Mallam Yusuf Tijani Ohiare, advised the new executive not to be confrontational but should employ with the management of the Agency in solving challenges.


    The Chapter Chairman, Dr Adebanjo Otitoju (third right), Vice-Chair Hadiza Rasheed Jada, chapter PRO Eno Eningwa, (from left to right) Financial Secretary Kate Akubue, Treasurer Lawrence Madu, the Secretary Ifeanyi Ekwerekwu and (behind) the Assistant Secretary Ifeanyi Anyanwu

  • DG NABDA Prof.Lucy Ogbadu

    DG NABDA Prof.Lucy Ogbadu giving her welcome speech at the training program in NABDA in Collaboration with OFAB Nigeria Chapter.

  • DG NABDA Prof.Lucy Ogbadu

    DG NABDA Prof.Lucy Ogbadu giving her welcome speech at the training program in NABDA in Collaboration with OFAB Nigeria Chapter.



    How was your laboratory training on GMO analysis at the MBG An interview with the delegates 

    of the National Biotechnology Development Agency in Nigeria.

    From 28th September until 7th October, Dr Shakirat Ajenifujah Solebo Oloruntoyin (Assistant Director),

     Ms Sandra Nnadi (Senior Scientific Officer), and Mr Victor Ikechukwu Amasiorah (Chief Scientific Officer) 


    LaboratoryTraining on GMO analysis at the MBG premises. In the interview, the three scientists

    talk about the aim ofthe training, the current situation in Nigeria when it comes to GMO analysis;

    they express their needs and expectations, and give their feedback on the study visit at MBG labs

    and premises.

    What kind of training are you attending?
    How did you come to the idea of this kind of training? Why did you ask specifically
    the JRC for this training?

    The Federal Government of Nigeria adopted a National Biotechnology Policy since 2001,which is 

    aimed at the promotin, coordination and deployment of biotechnology research & development,

    processes and products for the socio economic well-being of the Nation. This Policy is being implemented by the National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA) and has provided a platform for the application of biotechnology. Nigeria also signed and ratified the Cartagena protocol on Biosafety in 2003, which led to the legislation of the Biosafety Act in 2015 permitting R&D and commercialization of GM crops in Nigeria. For effective implementation of the new biosafety regulations, it therefore becomes imperative to build human and infrastructural capacity for GMO detection and analysis in the country. More so as NABDA has been requested by the Standards Organization of Nigeria (the national institutional framework that regulates and ensures standards of all goods and services) to serve as the national reference laboratory for GMO detection. While seeking to build capacity to meet up requirements for such a laboratory, NABDA contacted ICGEB which directed us to JRC. After exchanging a number of mails the opportunity to firm up the arrangement for this training was provided during NABDA’s participation at the training workshop on PRACTICAL ASPECTS OF REGULATORY GMO TESTING in 25th -27th March 2015 at Ispra, where contact was made and we requested for a specialized training on GMO detection. The JRC is also noted for its expertise in GMO detection and as an authority in GMO Method validation in the EU.


    What is the situation now in Nigeria in relation to this field?
    Prior to the legislation of the biosafety laws, and on the basis of the draft regulations, there are

    approved ongoing confined field trials of GM crops in the country. In realizing the successful commercialization of these crops and for traceability, the need for the capability for detection and traceability of GM in the county has become very critical with the advent of the biosafety law. Opportunities for R&D and commercial GM activitiein the country are now open and the country needs to be prepared for it. 

    What do you bring home from this training?
    This training will equip us with the capability to handle the detection of GMOs including sample

     receipt and handling, methods for qualitative and quantitative GMO detection and analysis; 

    and interpretation of results. It also includes  knowlede of setting up a GM detection laboratory and the forward process workflow. Going home with these capabilities would give our people confidence that the government is making concrete efforts to safeguard the nation’s food and health safety.
    What is according to you the main support that the European Commission and the JRC could give to you and to other  scientists in Nigeria and in general in Africa in this field?
    Scientists in Nigeria would appreciate technical support from the JRC in terms of setting up our 

    existing GMO detection fa-cility to acceptable laboratory standard after this training, organizing regular fully funded training workshops at the EURL-GMFF and Nigeria, regular updating on improvements of existing methods. We would also appreciate assistance with infrastructural input like equipment, instruments and laboratory materials, as well as facilitating access to reference materials and information. This support would serve as an important contribution by JRC to scientific development in the area of GMO analysis in Nigeria and Africa at large. What are your impressions about our labs?
    The EURL-GMFF is outstanding in its structure and system of operation which gives confidence in the output from the laboratory. The staff is highly skilled and very detailed in transferring knowledge in the course of this training. What  should be done differently and/or better? We would have preferred a longer training period to enable us have more time for hands on practical, a tour guide of places of cultural importance as well as information on climatic conditions prior to our arriving here.
    Did you like the environment?
    The people are very hospitable and the environment is conducive. What struck or impressed you professionally and humanly speaking about the JRC and this piece of Italy?
    The disposition of the JRC staff to work, the layout of JRC and the JRC Visitors’ Centre are very impressive. Ispra is a friendly environment, serene and quiet for learning and research.


  • Department of Bio-Entrepreneurship and Extension Services (BED) of National Biotechnology Development Agency, (NABDA)