The National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure, NASENI, and the National Space Research & Development Agency, NASRDA, is to partner for the development of Nigeria’s space resources, local content, design and fabrication of space technology for overall socio-economic development of the country.
The agreement was reached when the Director General of the National Space Research and Development Agency, NASDRDA, Dr. Halilu Shaba paid a courtesy visit to the Executive Vice Chairman of the National Agency for Science and Engineering infrastructure, NASENI, Professor Mohammed Sani Haruna in Abuja.
This is contained in a statement signed by the Deputy Director, Information, NASENI, Mr.Olusegun Ayeoyenikan in Abuja.
The statement says the collaboration between the two agencies will include NASENI assisting NASRDA in fabrication and design of drones and rockets thereby developing local capacities in those areas and also to conserve the country’s foreign exchange.
It explains that most hi-tech equipment used in space technologies are imported into the country hence the need for the collaboration.
The statement describes the partnership as a major breakthrough for Nigeria’s science, technology and innovation system because it will further open doors to positive action by successive governments to make science and innovation funding a priority in Nigeria.
According to the statement the approval of one percent funding for NASENI by the Federal Government during the tenure of the present chief executive of the Agency, is a life-time achievement which when reminisced over in retirement would cause him to be happy because of the future positive effects on the economy.
It adds that the budgeting system of the country had never been in favour of Nigeria’s science, technology and innovation system which had made the socio-economic development efforts of the country very difficult.
“Without investment in science and technology and innovation as a matter of priority, it will be difficult continuously to achieve economic growth and development of our country”.
According to the statement, In his response, the Executive Vice Chairman of NASENI, Professor Mohammed Sani Haruna said the Agency had never engaged in any venture without collaboration and synergy with others because NASENI was not established to reinvent the wheels.
“When you collaborate, you gain more speed, make more successes, progress and that way you prevent needless duplication of efforts and waste of resources.” He said
By Georgina Humphrey