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Nigeria”s science ministry partners with military on space tech

Nigeria: The Ministry of Science and Technology, Nigeria, collaborated with the Nigerian military to explore space technologies for different applications. Minister of Science and Technology, Prof. Ita Okon Bassey Ewa, said the collaboration would mutually benefit both parties as Nigeria intensifies implementation of its space roadmap.

The minister also stressed that government is gradually moving to the era of Synthetic Aperture Radar Satellite System (SARSS). The SARSS instruments supply extremely detailed radar images, day and night, in all weather, which are the basis for a wide variety of products and services, such as highly sophisticated client-specific image interpretation, mapping services, databases and analysis much in demand for a wide scope of applications: environmental planning, land use and natural resource exploration, regional and urban development, catastrophe response and relief, insurance and risk, security and defence, and many more.

Ewa stated that there is nothing wrong if Nigeria’s satellites are jointly driven by both the military and civilian but pointed out that the strategic goal of science, technology and innovation (STI) policy is geared towards building Nigeria’s technological capacity and creating a national system of innovation.

The Minister emphasised the need to drive innovation through research and development by adopting and utilising appropriate technologies. He said, “Nigeria’s achievement of Vision 2020 is unachievable without a viable foundation in Science, Technology and Innovation.”

Deputy Commandant of the College, Jaji, Rear Admiral D. O. Osuofa, urged for collaboration between the military and researchers and appealed to the government for more support and encouragement for researchers in Nigeria.

Source: The Guardian