Nigeria's venture, success in space technology call for celebration - Bindir
August 18, 2011 15:39
Abuja, Aug. 18, 2011 (NAN) Dr Umar Bindir, the Director General, National Office for Technology Promotion and Acquisition (NOTAP), says Nigeria’s venture into space technology and successful launch of NigeriaSat-2 and NigeriaSat-X calls for celebration.
Bindir, who made the observation in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Abuja, commended Federal Government’s decision to invest in two earth observation satellites.
He also commended the capability of Nigerian engineers in the design and construction of NigeriaSat-X, which was lunched along with NigeriaSat-2 in Russia on Wednesday.
Bindir said it was the first time an African country had demonstrated to the world that acquiring technology and using it for its development was not the exclusive right of the developed countries.
``The launching of these satellites has demonstrated that we know what we are doing as satellites go beyond the boarder of any country.
``Nigeria is now one of the countries that provide knowledge, information, skills and technology on the environment, agriculture, physical planning, as well as the management of weather and the effect of climate change,’’ he said.
Bindir said that if the satellites were properly managed, they would help to diversify the nation’s economy.
He, however, urged the Federal Government and its partners to sustain the development of space technology in order to accelerate the development of the country.
``Certainly, space technology is expensive, but it is the way out; it needs our continuous presence and investment.
``It will be unfortunate, if we demonstrate any weakness either now or in the future,’’ Bindir added.
He expressed the hope that President Goodluck Jonathan would ensure that the right policies, and funds were provided for space technology in order to realise his transformation agenda for
the country. (NAN)