There may be a glimmer of hope for Nigeria in astronomical breakthroughs as the Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, on Thursday said a Nigerian astronaut would land in space on or before 2030. This was disclosed by the Minister when the management team of the Defence Space Agency, led by the Director-General, Air Vice Marshal Victor Udoh, visited him in Abuja.
The Director-General of the Defense Space Agency, sought to collaborate with the ministry in order to be more efficient and effective. He said working with the ministry would fast-track accomplishments of the agency’s stated objectives. Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu in his remarks, disclosed that the Federal Government was putting all the structures on ground to ensure that Nigerian astronauts landed in space on or before 2030.
According to him, the space program is very important for a country like Nigeria, and the ministry will work very hard in the years ahead to strengthen all the structures of the agencies that will help us to ensure that the nation plays a role in the space.
While describing the space “as a major asset which nations like Nigeria must also be involved in for the purposes of protecting national interest,” the minister said the ministry would intensify efforts to ensure that all the arrangements needed were provided. He expressed optimism that it was achievable dream and said government was working very hard to make sure that all the structures needed were provided.
Onu pledged his ministry’s support for the Defense Space Agency, assuring that they would work with the agency in the best interest of the nation. Earlier in the week, while commissioning the Abuja Office of the Nigerian Institute of Science Laboratory Technology, NILEST, at Jabi, Abuja, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu charged the country to rise up and employ science and technology as the suitable instrument to help to diversify and strengthen the economy.
He also disclosed that the Federal Government will organize the first national science and technology competition for the 774 local government areas in the country, aimed at identifying and celebrating the best among the young Nigerian scientists, to be selected from all the local government councils in the nation.
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