The Director General of the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA), Dr. Halilu Shaba, stressed the need to liberalize the space science and technology industry with the private sector as key players. Accordingly, this will actualize all the benefits of the Nigerian space program for the socio-economic development of Nigeria.
During a courtesy visit, Dr Shaba revealed this in Abuja while receiving a delegation from Proforce Limited. Dr. Shaba, who appreciated the delegation for the timely visit, explained that the Agency is receptive to solution-oriented companies with the economic strength and strength to ensure Nigeria’s pride among other nations in the space sector. The Patron of NASRDA also ensured the delegation of the technical and professional capacities of the Agency to ensure the realization of the proposed partnership in accordance with the stipulated mandate of NASRDA without any compromise.
Dr. Shaba emphasized that the agency is legitimately empowered to provide the technology, infrastructure and manpower needed to facilitate the innovations and solutions provided by the proposed partnership. He then assured the delegation of the agency’s support to work with them on mutual interests that will be valuable to both parties.
This reformulation comes after the Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari, reaffirmed the strategic and constitutional nature of NASRDA as the sole government agency with the primary mandate to build and launch satellites for various applications in Nigeria. The president explained that the development of space science and technology, especially the launch of Earth observation, communication and navigation satellites, remains the core mandate of the country’s premier space agency.
The agency also recently signed a memorandum of understanding for providing technical assistance under a program called “Crop watch-ICP” for crop monitoring and food safety with the Chinese Academy of science (CAS). On this occasion, Dr. Shaba highlighted the need for access to EO-based systems to improve real-time monitoring, automated crop monitoring and increased agricultural productivity nationally and globally. .
Faleti Joshua is a passionate lover of space in all its incomprehensible nature. He holds an LL.B and a BL. Joshua is a music lover and a lawyer in his spare time.