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Nigeria inaugurates Space Council

12 June 2013, 13:08Augustine Osayande

Abuja - The newly-inaugurated National Space Council has a long-term ambition to ensure Nigeria built its own critical modes of transport and launch a locally-assembled satellite.

President Goodluck Jonathan inaugurated the Council on Tuesday.

Reuben Abati stated at the inauguration the critical need to properly structure and drive Nigeria’s national space programme.

He said the critical place of space technology in the areas of national security, communications, industrialisation and sustained socio-economic development, which he said could not be overemphasized.

“This informs why our Administration has constituted this Council with high calibre membership. We must evolve clear cut initiatives that will not only fast-track our industrialisation process, but one that will also see us, within the shortest possible period, able to build our own motor vehicles, our own boats, and our own aircraft; and of course, launch our own satellite manufactured in Nigeria from a launch site in Nigeria on a launch vehicle made in Nigeria,” Abati said.

The President and the First Lady, Patience Jonathan are the Council’s Chair and Deputy Chair.

The committee is also consists of the Ministers of Defence, Interior, National Planning, Communication Technology, Education and Science & Technology.

- CAJ News



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