The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu has said that the federal government is set to boost investment in space science technology because of its tremendous benefit to the nation.
He made this known during the commissioning ceremony of the Astronomy Observatory Complex of the Centre for Basic Space Science, in Nsukka, Enugu State, at the weekend, saying the centre is keying into astronomy which will enhance the growth of gross domestic products (GDP) in areas such as medicine, manufacturing, education, agriculture and communication.
Onu pointed out that government’s decision to accord priority to space science development was to improve the quality of life of Nigerians, adding that space science technology will boost telemedicine, agriculture, and manufacturing etc.
He also called on the private sector to take adequate advantage of these products that are coming out from these research centres for commercialization, that would be market driven across the country, reiterating the tremendous importance of space science technology in the development of the economy, to ensure improvement of everyday life of an average Nigerian.
He explained that, through commercialization of research findings, new products and services would be created for consumption by the Nigerian public and the world at large.
Earlier in his welcome address, the director-general, National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA), Prof. Seidu Mohammed, said the centre was established to build capacity that would address the developmental needs of the country in several areas.
He said the construction of the Observatory Complex started 15 years ago, and commended the present administration for seeing to its completion.
A statement by the ministry’s press officer, Henrietta Okokon said the acting director of the centre, Dr. Bonaventure Okere, earlier in his remarks, said that the vision of the Centre was to play strategic roles in the development of space science and technology as a driving force and engine of economic growth and as a major ingredient for human resource and infrastructural development.
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