The Nigerian government, convinced of the fact that biotechnology is a cuttingâ€“edge technology that will drive the 21st centuryâ€™s global food, health, industrial and environmental sectors, took appropriate steps to ensure that Nigeria becomes a key global participant in the biotechnology revolution for the benefit of all Nigerians. Biotechnology is a package of techniques that employ organisms, or parts of organisms to make or modify products, improve plants and animals, or to develop micro-organisms for specific applications. These techniques usually aim at enhancing production and use of goods and services for the benefit of mankind.
"Nigeria should as a matter of priority initiate appropriate steps to explore the use of biotechnology for the benefit of Nigerians and thus ensure that Nigeria becomes one of the international leaders in biotechnology - DG/CEO NABDA - Prof. Bamidele Solomon "
NABDA is headed by a Director General/Chief Executive Officer who is responsible for the overall and day- to-day management of the Agency.
The Agency has a Ministerial Council consisting of Honourable Ministers from the following ministries:
1. Science and Technology
2. Agriculture and Rural Development
8. Foreign Affairs
10. Internal Affairs
11. National Planning Commission
The Honourable Minister of Science and Technology and the Chief Executive of NABDA are to serve as Chairman and Secretary of this Council respectively.