Nigeria’s Federal Government unveiled plans to make use of space technology that will improve the nation’s communication, national security and industrialisation sectors.
“We should rededicate ourselves to building a better, technologically advanced, stable and prosperous Nigeria for our children. We should also be able to launch our own satellite manufactured in Nigeria from a launch site in Nigeria on a launch vehicle made in Nigeria,” Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan said during the inauguration of the National Space Council (NSC).
“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, to be able to build our own motor vehicles, our own boats and our own aircraft,” he added.
According to Vanguard, the National Space Council is the apex body charged with the responsibility of developing policy guidelines for the country’s activities in space, in addition to monitoring the implementation of the National Space Programme.
The council is made up of Vice President Namadi Sambo is the deputy chairman, the attorney-general of the federation and minister of justice; professors Elijah Mshelia, Vincent Olunloyo and Francesca Okeke, and the director-general, National Space Research and Development Agency.
Other members are the ministers of science and technology, communication technology, education, defence, interior and national planning, with President Jonathan serving as the chairman.
Charlie Fripp – Consumer Tech editor