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Minister Tasks NASRDA On Consistency For Space Science Development

Minister Tasks NASRDA On Consistency For Space Science Devel

The National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) has been asked by Dr Adeleke Mamora, the Minister of Science, Technology, and Innovation (STI) to maintain its commitment to advancing space science technology.

At the ongoing STI Expo in Abuja, which has as its theme "Actualising Effective Diversification of the Nigerian Economy Through Science, Technology and Innovation," Mamora made the call on Wednesday.

The exhibition features, among other things, private technology companies, government agencies under the ministry, and tertiary research and development (R&D) and technology institutes.

The ministry hosts the expo each year to highlight technical advancements around the nation, among other goals.

“There is no doubt that NASRDA has been very instrumental in the areas of security, you have partnered with security agencies to address insecurity in the country.

“It is important that you sustain the momentum in that area, in other areas using space technology because the reward for hard work is more work,’’ Mamora said.

He also urged the organisation to make sure the purpose for establishing STI Television based on its grounds was fulfilled.

He contends that STI TV should be used to teach, educate, and entertain the audience while also telling the success narrative of the STI industry.

Dr Halilu Shaba, the Director-General of NASRDA, claimed that the organisation had made a significant improvement over the products it had displayed at past expos.

Shaba added that the government will save money by using some of the products the agency carries.

“One of the crises in Nigeria's R&D is consistency, we have remained consistent compared to what we brought last year.

“The automated system we have initially, we are now trying to miniaturise it, it is more efficient, and we have engaged a marketing concept in developing some of these things.

“Now we are working in the areas of packaging, we also have a new telescope which we made for students, we don’t want Nigerians to buy telescopes from anywhere again.

“Some of these products we have on display, if they were to be bought by the government it will cost more but we have reduced capital flight,’’ he said.

Shaba added that the organisation was striving to improve irrigation to increase agriculture's water efficiency and other factors.

He claims that during the past eight years, President Muhammadu Buhari's administration has made investments to promote agriculture, and NASRDA has also made purposeful efforts to transition to smart agriculture.

Shaba noted that the agency had created courses centred on Space Science technology thanks to the human capacity inside the organisation, making it possible for students interested in studying space-related courses to be admitted.

The D-G stated that they were providing chances for partners interested in collaborating with the agency to carry out its mandate of using space scientific technologies to address national socioeconomic concerns.

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