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GM Food And Nigerian Promoters By MARIANN BASSEY-OROVWUJE

I read with amusement the off-the-wall allegations against the anti- GMO activists in a write up posted on News Express, amongst other allegations that we “supported the cancellation of permits granted to Monsanto…” Read here. For GMO Promoters’ benefit, we restate our stand that the so-called permit issued to Monsanto …

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The need for public consultation and participation in the approval processes of applications that directly affect the people’s health and wellbeing cannot be overstressed. Many issues surround the matter of our food and agricultural modern biotechnology that require clarifications and in-depth interrogations. It is to this end that the Health …

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The Inebriate Gyrations Of An Inchoate Regime; By Jaye Gaskia

Isn’t it amazing that nearly two years, that is half way, into the life of this current regime; that more than two years after the historic elections that brought the new regime into office and elevated the hitherto opposition party into a governing party, we are still bogged down by …

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A Friend Of The Earth by NengiI Ilagha

I FIRST met with Oronto Douglas on the opinion pages of The Guardian, and was struck by the simple musical notes in his name. By the time I read his script, I knew I would read another, more than that. I knew in my heart that this man would be …

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Dino Melaye: The Making Of a brand – Reuben Abati

It is a sign of the times, and a tragedy that the most popular Senator in the Nigerian National Assembly at this moment is not the person who has moved the most impactful motion, not a lawmaker who has proposed a thought-provoking bill, and certainly not any Senator who has …

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Why Die Of Tobacco Addiction?

  Everyone will do almost anything to get a cure when a deadly disease comes knocking. The words of the late reggae musician Peter Tosh becomes apt: “Everyone wants to go to heaven but no one wants to die. It is however a fact that while many bring the illnesses …

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What We Eat (must not eat us) By Nnimmo Bassey

What We Eat (must not eat us): The key myths by which citizens are sold the idea of GMOs as being desirable include that they provide the most assured way of feeding the burgeoning population of hungry mouths in the world. The planks on which this highly seductive myth has …

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Biotechnology, ‘Scientists’, ‘Experts’, Government Agencies and Patriotism By Nnimmo Bassey[*]

The need to interrogate what patriotism means in the context of the challenges of the push of modern agricultural biotechnology into Nigeria and Africa has been instigated by an article published in EnviroNews by a “Lagos-based research scientist” titled “Biotech agencies NIREC report and unpatriotic activism.” That article opened with …

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Ambode, don’t sign this bill

A perfect definition of irony in the Nigerian context is when legislators break their recess to pass a bill. For the farce that passes for legislation in our part of the world, citizens should be wary of a hastily passed bill. When you then factor in the incestuous relationship between …

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System Change Will Not Be Negotiated By Nnimmo Bassey

We frequently hear calls for system change at public mobilisations, in conference halls and even in negotiation halls. The calls come as slogans, they come in anger and they come as a strong rebuke to the systemic scaffold on which our pains, exploitation and denial of voice and rights are …

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