Lagos - Nigeria refuted recent claims by a Member of the European Parliament, Godfrey Bloom, that it was using part of the funds it got from Britain to fund its space programme.
The Director-General, National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA), Professor Seidu Mohammed, said such claims were "mischievous" and "untrue."
A statement by the Head, Media and Corporate Communications at NASRDA, Felix Ale, quoted Mohammed as saying the agency had not at any time received financial aid or grant from the United Kingdom for the space programme.
He said only the "cordial relationship" established with Surrey Satellite Technology Limited, a UK-based company, which was purely on commercial basis, existed.
“Nigeria, as a signatory to the International Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space as a Resource for Mankind, and as a sovereign nation, does not require anybody to educate her on what to do,” the NASRDA executive said.
Members of the British Government are currently divided over whether to continue sending financial aid to Nigeria with some claiming the Nigeria Government was diverting the funds.
- CAJ News