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NASRDA to promote indigenous competence in software development

09 July 2014, 15:25

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.


The Director-General, Prof. Seidu Mohammed, stated this in an interview on Monday in Abuja.

Mohammed 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.

He said 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.

Other 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.

He said 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 fatherland" 


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