Abuja, Nigeria: Nigeria saved approximately USD 300 million in land use and cover mapping through Nigeriasat-1, an earth observation and imagery satellite, according to Minister of Science and Technology, Prof. Mohammed Abubakar. He shared this information at the commissioning of the project results of National Land Use and Land Cover Mapping of Nigeria.
He noted that this was the first time land mapping in Nigeria was carried out using the nation’s satellite system. He added that his department aims to help other ministries as well like agriculture and environment for the welfare of Nigerians. He informed that NSASDRA is about to launch two satellites in June 2011. “The first satellite is a replacement of Nigeria-Sat-1, but unlike the Nigeria sat-1 with only one camera, Nigeria Sat- 2 has three cameras in three different variations.”
Prof. Abubakar, who reiterated the federal government’s commitment to the peaceful use of satellite technology, added that one of the satellites to be launched, “Nigeria sat-X”, with resolution of 22mm, was designed and constructed exclusively by Nigerian scientists. Speaking to journalists shortly after the commissioning ceremony, the Director-General of NASRDA, Dr, Seidu Onailo, recalled that land mapping in Nigeria was earlier carried out in 1997 by some professors with consultants from Canada, with about USD 3 million dollars borrowed from the World Bank.