Abuja - The National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) is promoting Nigeria’s competence in developing, designing and building appropriate hard and software in space technology.
Director-General, Prof. Seidu Mohammed, stated this in an interview on Monday in Abuja.
described space technology as essential tool for Nigeria’s
socio-economic development, noting that it was capable of enhancing the
quality of life of Nigerians.
that space technology would help in the development and management of
the nation’s agricultural and forestry resources, and for assessing and
managing other natural resources.
He said it
was also effective for efficient communication, and enhancement of
transportation and tourism sectors, advancement in education and health
care delivery systems.
advantages of space technology, he said, included the development and
management of energy resources, disaster mitigation for human safety,
and enhancement of national defence and security.
Mohammed appealed to the Federal Government for adequate funding of the agency to actualise the delivery of home-made satellites in Nigeria.
He stated that indigenous
capabilities at the Centre for Space Technology Development (CSTD) would
be harnessed and properly channelled for the development of space
technology for sustainable economic growth.
that the agency would collaborate and support any state government that
wanted its services, adding that robust information about the agency was
available in its Website for public consumption.
Mohammed, who described the National Council on Science and Technology (NCST) as the engine
room for science and technology in Nigeria, called on the council for
assistance towards accomplishing the agency’s projects.
"We know that some few years
back, the Federal Executive Council approved the strategic road-map for
25 years for the development of space science and technology.
"We are looking at that in terms of implementation on stages, phases, and we are having some setbacks.
"We are appealing to the federal government to support us so that we can achieve this,’’ he said.
Mohammed pledged that the agency
would continue to contribute its quota towards achieving vision 20:2020,
and "enable Nigerians create jobs to drive away poverty from our
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