Nigeria set to Launch Own Satellite Soon, Says Dr. Onu
The Federal Government is making serious efforts to ensure that Nigeria builds and launches its own satellite in the nearest future.
It was disclosed at the official commissioning of space, seismological and other infrastructure projects at the Centre for Geodesy and Geodynamics main observatory Seismic Network Centre in Toro Local government Area of Bauchi state over the weekend by the Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu.
Dr. Onu said, the investment in space Science technology by Nigeria will help the country greatly especially towards having their own satellite, so they move was to enable the nation take a big step and catch up with the developed world.
He also mentioned the importance of having satellite which will help to improve the total wellbeing of Nigerians as it will improve on the environment, health, security, education and infrastructural development and mobile telephone communication and so on.
According to him, the Centre for Geodesy Geodynamics was established mainly to carry out earth observation research as well as predict and monitor natural disasters in the country and in other parts of the world.
United States and Italy, he added, depend on the data generated by the centre,
He also added that the Centre has been contributing to the pool of data in Nigeria and all over the world. Countries like United States and Italy also depends on this data generated by the centre for Geodesy and Geodynamics. .
Dr. Onu said as a matter of necessity, that Nigeria need to be prepared to avoid future occurrence of the incidents of earth tremor witnessed in different parts of the country between 2015 and 2018. He also mentioned that the Federal Government is already on the issue as they set up Ministerial Committee to study the situation to come up with their findings and the possible way forward.
“No nation can plan effectively without attaching serious importance to the occurrence of natural disasters” he added.
He further stated that “To sufficiently address the space geodesy, costal deformation, subsidence and global main sea level monitoring, the centre has to work on its goals and objective which is to achieve Nigeria’s capability manpower and hardware development to achieve this”.
Speaking further, Dr.Onu said that without the application of space science and technology , even though Nigeria has the potential to be a leading nation but that can not be achieved. Because of its potentials to make the country great, Space Agency shouldn’t be neglected as its a very important agency in the ministry.
The Minister added that The National Space for Research and Development Agency (NARSDA) is impacting positively to the wellbeing of Nigerians in many way especially in disaster management. He promised to give NARSDA every support to enable it predict, detect, monitor and manage natural disasters in the country.
Earlier, in his welcome address, the Director –General of NARSDA, Prof. Seidu Mohammed stated further that the Seismic Network and Monitoring Centre being commissioned is also part of the space-based and geophysical tools that will help Nigeria to achieve a great deal in global geodetic and geodynamical activities, monitoring mitigation mechanism and prediction of seismic activities.
According to Prof. Muhammed, to have a modern earthquake monitoring, networking and detecting equipment and the establishment of more seismic stations that will be collated, with Global Positioning system (GPS) , for robust geo hazards studies in Nigeria and its immediate environs, NARSDA will require adequate funding to help it to achieve its goal.
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