NASRDA ad­vo­cates pri­vate par­tic­i­pa­tion in space tech­nol­ogy

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Itodo Daniel Sule, Lokoja

The Na­tional Space Re­search and De­vel­op­ment Agency (NASRDA) has ad­vo­cated ac­tive pri­vate sec­tor par­tic­i­pa­tion and in­vest­ments in the de­vel­op­ment of space busi­ness in Nige­ria.

Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of NASRDA, Prof Saidu O. Mo­hammed, said this when mem­bers of the Cor­re­spon­dent Chapel of the Nige­ria Union of Jour­nal­ists (NUJ), Kogi State chap­ter, paid him a cour­tesy visit in Abuja.

He said the call be­came nec­es­sary given the fact that Nige­ria as a coun­try loses bil­lions of naira an­nu­ally in cap­i­tal flight to coun­tries that de­liver telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion, data, satel­lite and in­ter­net ser­vices to the over 150 mil­lion cit­i­zens.

“Satel­lite tech­nol­ogy re­mains the driv­ing force be­hind most de­vel­oped and de­vel­op­ing economies. It pro­vides se­cu­rity, telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions, tech­nol­ogy ad­vance­ments, pro­tects the en­vi­ron­ment and a host of daily ser­vices. Over time, space tech­nol­ogy has be­come a cru­cial tool in tack­ling the global chal­lenges var­i­ous coun­tries are fac­ing and will con­tinue to face in years to come”, he said.

He said com­mit­ment to space tech­nol­ogy de­vel­op­ment in the coun­try will go a long in way cre­at­ing mil­lions of jobs and boost­ing food se­cu­rity through timely gen­er­a­tion of rel­e­vant data for farm­ers.

“Food se­cu­rity is a crit­i­cal is­sue and space tech­nol­ogy can be har­nessed to im­prove on that. We need to un­der­stand the soil and early warn­ing sys­tem in­for­ma­tion. When you have large scale agri­cul­ture, you must con­tinue to mon­i­tor soil fer­til­ity through satel­lite”, he said.

Prof Saidu, while not­ing the ef­forts of the agency in the gen­er­a­tions of data which has helped the Na­tional Emer­gency Man­age­ment Agency (NEMA) in re­sponse and man­age­ment of dis­as­ters over the years, ap­pealed for more sup­port from gov­ern­ment to en­able the agency func­tion op­ti­mally.

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