Nigeria’s Plan to Lead Africa into the Space Age

Eric Ojo April 12, 2016

Nigerian engineers at work on one of the nation's Earth observation satellites. (Photo: Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd.)

Nigerian engineers at work on one of the nation’s Earth observation satellites. (Photo: Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd.)

Headquartered in Abuja, NASRDA has six operational centers and it is working to improve upon its many advances in space sciences and similar technology-related pursuits in the interest of Nigeria’s social and economic development. NASRDA spokesman Felix Ale observed that a successful space programme constitutes a historical cornerstone in the development and progress of the African nation.

“We contribute to various sectors that benefit the nation. The focus of our space programme is on the socio-economic development of the country. The best way to fast-track development in any part of the world today is through the application of space science and technology,” he added.

Ale further explained that the Nigerian space programme has ambitions beyond its borders, hoping that bold moves such as a manned mission will inspire stargazers across the continent. “This would be a landmark achievement for Nigeria and Africa, which will encourage the rest of Africa to get involved,” he stressed.

Meanwhile, Nigeria, according to him, already shares resources from its space assets, such as providing satellite imagery to Mali, and has supported the idea of an African Space Agency, adding with an ever-increasing number of African states investing in space programmes, while traditional powerhouses downsize, the continent could be the hotspot of exploration for years to come.

Last Edited by:Deidre Gantt Updated: April 13, 2016


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