En­gi­neers lament satel­lites man­age­ment

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Zakariyya Adaramola

The Pres­i­dent of the Nige­rian So­ci­ety of En­gi­neers [NSE] Otis Anyeaji said the so­ci­ety is deeply con­cerned about the pro­lif­er­a­tion of agen­cies man­ag­ing the coun­try’s satel­lites.

Two fed­eral gov­ern­ment agen­cies; the Na­tional Space Re­search and De­vel­op­ment Agency [NASRDA] which is un­der the min­istry of sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy and the Nige­rian Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Satel­lite Lim­ited [NIGCOMSAT] is un­der min­istry of com­mu­ni­ca­tions, are man­ag­ing Nige­ri­a1R and Nigcomsat-1 re­spec­tively.

But the NSE pres­i­dent said yes­ter­day, that the prac­tice of man­ag­ing a coun­try’s satel­lites by dif­fer­ent agen­cies was dan­ger­ous for the na­tion’s space pro­gramme.

Anyeaji said this when he led mem­bers of NSE Space Pro­gramme Divi­sion, on a visit to the Min­is­ter of Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy, Dr Og­bon­naya Onu.

“In all se­ri­ous Space far­ing na­tions, the man­age­ment of their satel­lites is vested in one min­istry. How­ever, in Nige­ria with just two types of satel­lites, we have more than one man­ag­ing min­istries. What would hap­pen when Nige­ria gov­ern­ment de­cides to launch a metro­log­i­cal satel­lite? Will it be man­aged by another min­istry? We strongly ad­vise that this is­sue should be given ur­gent at­ten­tion,” Anyeaji who was rep­re­sented by the NSE Vice Pres­i­dent, Ta­siu Wudil said.

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