The Federal Government is rolling out plans to use space technology to enhance national security, communication, industrialization and sustained socio-economic development.
President Goodluck Jonathan made this known when he inaugurated a thirteen-member National Space Council at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
He said given the critical place of space technology in national security, communication, industrialization and sustained socio-economic development, the need to properly structure and drive the national space programme could not be over-emphasized.
“Nigeria should be able to launch its own satellite manufactured in Nigeria from a launch site in Nigeria on a launch vehicle made in Nigeria, stressed that it is a challenge not only to the members of the council, but to all Nigerians” said President Jonathan
The President urged Nigerians to rededicate themselves to building a better, technologically advanced, stable and prosperous Nigeria for their children.
While reiterating government’s unwavering commitment to the actualization of the goal of the programme, he urged members of the Council to evolve measures that would enable the country to maximally benefit from the huge investments in the development of space technology.
The National Space Council is chaired by the President, with Vice President Namadi Sambo as the deputy chairman.