The Federal Government is putting all the structures on ground to ensure that a Nigerian astronaut lands in space on or before 2030, Minister of Science and Technology Ogbonnaya Onu said yesterday.
He spoke when the management team of Defence Space Agency led by Air Vice Marshal Victor Udo visited him in Abuja.
According to Dr. Onu, “the space programme is a very important programme for a country like Nigeria, the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology would work very hard in the years to come to strengthen all the structures of the agencies that would help us to ensure that the nation play role in the space”.
“We believe that this is achievable and we are working very hard to make sure that all the structures that are needed is provided,” he emphasised.
The minister noted that Nigeria has the highest population and economy in Africa; hence it is a right decision to establish the Space Defence Agency.
“The space is major asset, which nation like Nigeria, must also be involved for the purposes of protecting our own national interest.”
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