The Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria FRCN says adequate public sensitization as necessary for Nigeria to properly adapt to current trends in Biotechnology development.
The Director General of the FRCN Dr Mansur Liman stated this when he received one of the 2018 OFAB Media Award winners, Mr Godson Elekwachi in Abuja.
Dr Liman commended the award recipient, Mr Elekwachi for his display of professionalism in the reportage of developments in Biotechnology especially as it concerned Genetically Modified Organisms, GMOs which had become controversial in recent times.
The Director General further expressed delight over the activities of the Open Forum on Agricultural Biotechnology OFAB, which he said had help to dispel some myths and misconceptions surrounding the technology.
Earlier at the award presentation, the Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu represented by the Permanent Secretary Mr Bitrus Nabasu, said through biotechnology the country would overcome challenges of food insufficiency.
On his part, the Acting Director-General, National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA) Prof Alex Akpa, expressed the hope that the first home grown genetically modified crop(Bt) cotton, released in the country on July 26, this year would impact positively on the nation’s moribund textile industry.
The Coordinator, OFAB Nigeria Dr Rose Gidado said the award was initiated in 2017 by the African Agricultural Technology Foundation across seven countries.
Dr. Gidado said the award had brought the media closer to OFAB in their efforts to change the orientation of farmers to embrace genetic modification technology.
“Today, we are celebrating, the contribution of distinguished media practitioners to our advocacy and sensitization efforts”
The recipient of the Award, Radio Nigeria’s environment correspondent, Mr Godson Elekwachi described the honour as a call to greater duty.