NEWS AGENCY OF NIGERIA
May 18, 2012
Prof. Ita Ewa, the Minister of Science and Technology said on Thursday that Nigeria would launch three satellites and send astronauts to space by 2015.
Ewa stated this in Abuja at the ongoing ministerial briefing to commemorate 2012 Democracy Day and anniversary of President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration. He said the move was part of government efforts to boost the
economy through space technology.
The minister enumerated the country’s
space programme from now to 2028
when it expects to launch a made-in-
Nigeria satellite into space. “In 2015 we are preparing to launch NigeriaSAR-1 satellite. The NigeriaSAR is a security satellite with an acronym that stands for Synthetic Aperture Radar. “This satellite will have a very high resolution that can cover kilometres,and for a backup of the communication satellite there will be NigeriaSat-2 and NigeriaSat-3.
“Also because of the experience we
gained in Surrey, UK, we are going to
build an Assembly Integration and
Testing Centre for satellite technology,
it is ongoing but this year we will put
in more efforts to that technology. “And before I leave office in 2015 we will send Nigerian Astronaut into space ’’
He said by 2018 Nigeria would launch
a manufactured satellite and in 2025
develop rocket and propulsion system. “In 2026 we have allies in electronics
and software involved in space technology, and in 2028 we would now
launch a Nigeria made satellite.”
Ewa enumerated the achievements of
the ministry to include the launch of
two low earth observation satellites –
NigeriaSat-2 and NigeriaSat-X as well
as a communication satellite-NigComSat-1R. He also said a rocketry was successfully launched on Wednesday in Epe, Lagos, while about 40 doctors and 60 masters degree holders had been trained in space technologies.
“100 personnel from the military who have been trained in space applications this year are now ready to be involved in surveillance satellite project.”
Ewa said the ministry had conducted
several biotechnology researches and
developed products to boost food
production. On bio-safety, he said the ministry was awaiting the assent by the President to the Bio-safety Bill earlier passed by the National Assembly.
Some of the ministry’s achievements
in biotechnology according to him,
include the development of baseline
data generation for tsetse fly, human
and animal trypanosomiasis control
and eradication in Jigawa. Others are pilot production for malaria Hepatitis B and pregnancy test kits, and development of thermophilic anaerobic bio-digester for the management of bio-degradable waste and production of organic fertiliser.
He also mentioned capacity building
for commercial production of snails
and freshwater fish, design and
construction of mushroom houses at
Obasanjo Farms, Ota, and domestication of grasscutters among others. The minister disclosed that arrangement was ongoing on secure funding for the implementation of National Science and Technology Policy (NSTI).
Ewa said the policy would focus on the
promotion and coordination of
scientific and technological researches
in the country. The minister urged Nigerians to take advantage of available satellite resources and other products
developed for full commercialisation.