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  •   Dr Adeleke Mamora Minister of Science Technology and Innovation STI has called for effective collaboration between countries bordering the Atlantic Ocean to maximize their potential for socio economic development Mamora made the call at a workshop organized by the Center for International Research AIR Center for Space Innovation and Development CSID in collaboration with Eureka through GlobalStar a US satellite communications company Mamora was represented by Umar Director Science Technology and Advocacy while the workshop was held at the National Space Research and Development Agency NASRDA in Abuja He recalled that the scarcity of data on the Atlantic Ocean prompted the Portuguese Government to initiate a diplomatic process to encourage the countries bordering the Atlantic Ocean to collaborate in the study of the ocean The study he said was labeled Atlantic Interactions which led to the establishment of the AIR center The Nigerian government joined other countries after considering the huge benefits to be gained as part of the network to study the ocean The benefits of Atlantic Interactions include understanding the Atlantic Ocean system and its natural resources for a healthy and productive ocean The share of renewables in the global energy mix is expected to increase as well as improve energy efficiency and understanding It will help predict and adapt to climate change and atmospheric dynamics to benefit development he said NASRDA Director General Dr Halilu Shaba said that the AIR center was the network for international cooperation across the Atlantic when an integrative approach was implemented Representing Jeb director of Geo Apps Plus Limited Shaba said that the AIR center was created to develop and ensure the proper implementation of research activities related to the Atlantic ecosystem He thanked the center for collaborating with relevant stakeholders to strengthen technology innovation start ups business creation and business acceptance According to him it will help harness the ideas for the formulation of a functional strategic multilateral and international collaboration for the synergy of business and technological innovation Shaba also pledged NASRDA s support for the center s activities stating that it was in line with a Ministry policy The ministry is ready to enhance technological innovation for the integration of small and medium sized enterprises which are expected to form the foundation and engine of economies around the world Dr Asma Ibrahim Director of the AIR Center explained that the AIR Center became interested in identifying Nigerian entrepreneurs who were in the innovative technology sector because talent abounds Dr Asma Ibrahim Director of Atlantic International Research Center left and Ms Victoria Akai Director General Abuja Chamber of CommerceIbrahim added that they were looking for innovative new products with the potential for social and disruptive impact as well as adding value to the country s digital economy agenda He further said that they collaborated with Eureka to have a national funding body as the authority responsible for vetting and funding potential applicants once identified Innovation and technology are essential for Nigeria to be able to compete in a global framework One of the key factors in achieving this is the development of the digital economy in the hubs of Nigeria where business innovation and entrepreneurship are encouraged and supported Ibrahim said the workshop aimed to introduce Eureka to more stakeholders expose Nigerian technology and startups small and medium sized businesses for potential international collaborations among other goals Eureka is the world s largest public network for international cooperation in research and development as well as innovative activities The network is present in more than 45 countries and has a flexible way of financing its activities Mani edited Source Credit NAN
    Minister urges Atlantic Ocean boundary countries to harness its potential
      Dr Adeleke Mamora Minister of Science Technology and Innovation STI has called for effective collaboration between countries bordering the Atlantic Ocean to maximize their potential for socio economic development Mamora made the call at a workshop organized by the Center for International Research AIR Center for Space Innovation and Development CSID in collaboration with Eureka through GlobalStar a US satellite communications company Mamora was represented by Umar Director Science Technology and Advocacy while the workshop was held at the National Space Research and Development Agency NASRDA in Abuja He recalled that the scarcity of data on the Atlantic Ocean prompted the Portuguese Government to initiate a diplomatic process to encourage the countries bordering the Atlantic Ocean to collaborate in the study of the ocean The study he said was labeled Atlantic Interactions which led to the establishment of the AIR center The Nigerian government joined other countries after considering the huge benefits to be gained as part of the network to study the ocean The benefits of Atlantic Interactions include understanding the Atlantic Ocean system and its natural resources for a healthy and productive ocean The share of renewables in the global energy mix is expected to increase as well as improve energy efficiency and understanding It will help predict and adapt to climate change and atmospheric dynamics to benefit development he said NASRDA Director General Dr Halilu Shaba said that the AIR center was the network for international cooperation across the Atlantic when an integrative approach was implemented Representing Jeb director of Geo Apps Plus Limited Shaba said that the AIR center was created to develop and ensure the proper implementation of research activities related to the Atlantic ecosystem He thanked the center for collaborating with relevant stakeholders to strengthen technology innovation start ups business creation and business acceptance According to him it will help harness the ideas for the formulation of a functional strategic multilateral and international collaboration for the synergy of business and technological innovation Shaba also pledged NASRDA s support for the center s activities stating that it was in line with a Ministry policy The ministry is ready to enhance technological innovation for the integration of small and medium sized enterprises which are expected to form the foundation and engine of economies around the world Dr Asma Ibrahim Director of the AIR Center explained that the AIR Center became interested in identifying Nigerian entrepreneurs who were in the innovative technology sector because talent abounds Dr Asma Ibrahim Director of Atlantic International Research Center left and Ms Victoria Akai Director General Abuja Chamber of CommerceIbrahim added that they were looking for innovative new products with the potential for social and disruptive impact as well as adding value to the country s digital economy agenda He further said that they collaborated with Eureka to have a national funding body as the authority responsible for vetting and funding potential applicants once identified Innovation and technology are essential for Nigeria to be able to compete in a global framework One of the key factors in achieving this is the development of the digital economy in the hubs of Nigeria where business innovation and entrepreneurship are encouraged and supported Ibrahim said the workshop aimed to introduce Eureka to more stakeholders expose Nigerian technology and startups small and medium sized businesses for potential international collaborations among other goals Eureka is the world s largest public network for international cooperation in research and development as well as innovative activities The network is present in more than 45 countries and has a flexible way of financing its activities Mani edited Source Credit NAN
    Minister urges Atlantic Ocean boundary countries to harness its potential
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    Minister urges Atlantic Ocean boundary countries to harness its potential

    Dr. Adeleke Mamora, Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) has called for effective collaboration between countries bordering the Atlantic Ocean to maximize their potential for socio-economic development.

    Mamora made the call at a workshop organized by the Center for International Research (AIR), Center for Space Innovation and Development (CSID), in collaboration with Eureka, through GlobalStar, a US satellite communications company.

    Mamora was represented by Umar, Director, Science, Technology and Advocacy, while the workshop was held at the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) in Abuja.

    He recalled that the scarcity of data on the Atlantic Ocean prompted the Portuguese Government to initiate a diplomatic process to encourage the countries bordering the Atlantic Ocean to collaborate in the study of the ocean.

    The study, he said, was labeled "Atlantic Interactions," which led to the establishment of the AIR center.

    “The Nigerian government joined other countries after considering the huge benefits to be gained as part of the network to study the ocean.

    “The benefits of Atlantic Interactions include understanding the Atlantic Ocean system and its natural resources for a healthy and productive ocean.

    “The share of renewables in the global energy mix is ​​expected to increase, as well as improve energy efficiency and understanding.

    "It will help predict and adapt to climate change and atmospheric dynamics to benefit development," he said.

    NASRDA Director General Dr. Halilu Shaba said that the AIR center was the network for international cooperation across the Atlantic when an integrative approach was implemented.

    Representing Jeb, director of Geo-Apps Plus Limited, Shaba said that the AIR center was created to develop and ensure the proper implementation of research activities related to the Atlantic ecosystem.

    He thanked the center for collaborating with relevant stakeholders to strengthen technology innovation start-ups, business creation and business acceptance.

    According to him, it will help harness the ideas for the formulation of a functional strategic multilateral and international collaboration for the synergy of business and technological innovation.

    Shaba also pledged NASRDA's support for the center's activities, stating that it was in line with a Ministry policy.

    "The ministry is ready to enhance technological innovation for the integration of small and medium-sized enterprises, which are expected to form the foundation and engine of economies around the world."

    Dr. Asma Ibrahim, Director of the AIR Center, explained that the AIR Center became interested in identifying Nigerian entrepreneurs who were in the innovative technology sector because talent abounds.

    Dr. Asma Ibrahim, Director of Atlantic International Research, Center (left) and Ms. Victoria Akai, Director General, Abuja Chamber of Commerce

    Ibrahim added that they were looking for innovative new products with the potential for social and disruptive impact, as well as adding value to the country's digital economy agenda.

    He further said that they collaborated with Eureka to have a national funding body as the authority responsible for vetting and funding potential applicants once identified.

    “Innovation and technology are essential for Nigeria to be able to compete in a global framework.

    “One of the key factors in achieving this is the development of the digital economy in the hubs of Nigeria, where business, innovation and entrepreneurship are encouraged and supported.”

    Ibrahim said the workshop aimed to introduce Eureka to more stakeholders, expose Nigerian technology and startups, small and medium-sized businesses for potential international collaborations, among other goals.

    Eureka is the world's largest public network for international cooperation in research and development, as well as innovative activities.

    The network is present in more than 45 countries and has a flexible way of financing its activities.

    Mani edited

    Source Credit: NAN

  •  The Nigerian Cartographic Association NCA has called for the application of Cartography and mapping skills in the 2023 General Elections and census President of NCA Prof Momoh Rilwani made the call on Monday at the 43rd International Conference Workshop and Annual General Meeting AGM of the Nigerian Cartographic Association NCA in Abuja The week long event is with the theme Intelligence Geospatial Mapping for Managing Elections Census and National Security Cartography is the art and science of graphically representing a geographical area usually on a flat surface such as a map or chart that may involve the superimposition of political cultural non geograpgical divisions General elections are coming and that suffices to state that cartographic skills are required in virtually all aspects in the administration of election delimitation of electoral areas canvassing for votes among other things In spite of the overwhelming role of cartography in election administration it is grossly underused ignored and unappreciated in electoral administration in Nigeria As we prepare for another census in 2023 cartography is pivotal in entrenching an accurate and living census Cartographic skills are required in the demarcation of enumeration areas distribution of enumerators and supervisors workload They also help in spatial aggregations and cross area referencing of census data production of thematic maps of census variables he said He said that the workshop would devote a session to Women in Cartography have event on Street Mapping by Unique Mappers Network Map Competition with prizes to be won and induction of new members among other activities Mr Abuduganiyu Adebomehin Surveyor General of the Federation said that there was need to increase the number of professionals from university level Represented by Mr Emmanuel Nwakanma a Director Adebomehin said there was also need for a professional body to regulate the practice of Cartography in the country OSGOF has acquired state of the art equipment and technologies such as Unmanned Aerial Systems with lidar to enhance capacity and manpower skills in all aspects of survey and mapping profession OSGOF is determined to partner constructively with all relevant stakeholders in the area of leadership research policy and strategy formulation for better service delivery he said The SGoF hoped that technical deliberations in the conference would assist identify and address challenges prospects and opportunities in the profession for a more self reliant economy The Chairman National Population Commission NPC Mr Nasir Kwarra said the 2023 census mapping referred to as Enumeration Area Demarcation EAD would encompass Population and housing census Represented by Mr Muhammad Usman Niger NPC Commissioner Kwarra said the 2023 census will produce a Sustainable National Geographic Frame for Censuses and Surveys as well as Geographic Information Systems GIS based Dr Halilu Shaba Director General of the National Space Research and Development Agency NASRDA said the Cartography was important for security commercial purposes as well as navigation Represented by Prof Lazarus Ojigi Director Mission Planning and Spatial Data Management he said mapping helped people to know how to react in their environment Chief of Defence Staff Gen Lucky Irabor who was also represented by Maj Gen Elvis Njoku encouraged professionals to ensure the availability of maps produced locally in the public domain for citizens and global consumption Mr Stephen Calder a Town Planner with GIS Transport Limited said the organisation had produced maps of eight states in the country and it was further working on developing maps for more areas in the country NCA established in 1978 is the recognised professional body of all map makers and Geographic Information Systems GIS data visualisation professionals in Nigeria The NCA holds its annual conference and AGM to present exhibit and discuss new developments innovations in mapping sciences and technologies for application in sectors of government for national development Highlights of the opening ceremony included conferment of Fellowship Awards Certificates of Professionalism and other honorary awards to fellows and members of the NCA NewsSourceCredit NAN
    2023:Assoc. seeks use of cartographic skills in general elections,census
     The Nigerian Cartographic Association NCA has called for the application of Cartography and mapping skills in the 2023 General Elections and census President of NCA Prof Momoh Rilwani made the call on Monday at the 43rd International Conference Workshop and Annual General Meeting AGM of the Nigerian Cartographic Association NCA in Abuja The week long event is with the theme Intelligence Geospatial Mapping for Managing Elections Census and National Security Cartography is the art and science of graphically representing a geographical area usually on a flat surface such as a map or chart that may involve the superimposition of political cultural non geograpgical divisions General elections are coming and that suffices to state that cartographic skills are required in virtually all aspects in the administration of election delimitation of electoral areas canvassing for votes among other things In spite of the overwhelming role of cartography in election administration it is grossly underused ignored and unappreciated in electoral administration in Nigeria As we prepare for another census in 2023 cartography is pivotal in entrenching an accurate and living census Cartographic skills are required in the demarcation of enumeration areas distribution of enumerators and supervisors workload They also help in spatial aggregations and cross area referencing of census data production of thematic maps of census variables he said He said that the workshop would devote a session to Women in Cartography have event on Street Mapping by Unique Mappers Network Map Competition with prizes to be won and induction of new members among other activities Mr Abuduganiyu Adebomehin Surveyor General of the Federation said that there was need to increase the number of professionals from university level Represented by Mr Emmanuel Nwakanma a Director Adebomehin said there was also need for a professional body to regulate the practice of Cartography in the country OSGOF has acquired state of the art equipment and technologies such as Unmanned Aerial Systems with lidar to enhance capacity and manpower skills in all aspects of survey and mapping profession OSGOF is determined to partner constructively with all relevant stakeholders in the area of leadership research policy and strategy formulation for better service delivery he said The SGoF hoped that technical deliberations in the conference would assist identify and address challenges prospects and opportunities in the profession for a more self reliant economy The Chairman National Population Commission NPC Mr Nasir Kwarra said the 2023 census mapping referred to as Enumeration Area Demarcation EAD would encompass Population and housing census Represented by Mr Muhammad Usman Niger NPC Commissioner Kwarra said the 2023 census will produce a Sustainable National Geographic Frame for Censuses and Surveys as well as Geographic Information Systems GIS based Dr Halilu Shaba Director General of the National Space Research and Development Agency NASRDA said the Cartography was important for security commercial purposes as well as navigation Represented by Prof Lazarus Ojigi Director Mission Planning and Spatial Data Management he said mapping helped people to know how to react in their environment Chief of Defence Staff Gen Lucky Irabor who was also represented by Maj Gen Elvis Njoku encouraged professionals to ensure the availability of maps produced locally in the public domain for citizens and global consumption Mr Stephen Calder a Town Planner with GIS Transport Limited said the organisation had produced maps of eight states in the country and it was further working on developing maps for more areas in the country NCA established in 1978 is the recognised professional body of all map makers and Geographic Information Systems GIS data visualisation professionals in Nigeria The NCA holds its annual conference and AGM to present exhibit and discuss new developments innovations in mapping sciences and technologies for application in sectors of government for national development Highlights of the opening ceremony included conferment of Fellowship Awards Certificates of Professionalism and other honorary awards to fellows and members of the NCA NewsSourceCredit NAN
    2023:Assoc. seeks use of cartographic skills in general elections,census
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    2023:Assoc. seeks use of cartographic skills in general elections,census

    The Nigerian Cartographic Association (NCA) has called for the application of Cartography and mapping skills in the 2023 General Elections and census.

    President of NCA, Prof. Momoh Rilwani, made the call on Monday at the 43rd International Conference, Workshop and Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Nigerian Cartographic Association (NCA) in Abuja.

    The week-long event is with the theme “Intelligence Geospatial Mapping for Managing Elections, Census and National Security.

    ”Cartography is the art and science of graphically representing a geographical area,usually on a flat surface such as a map or chart that may involve the superimposition of political,cultural non-geograpgical divisions.

    “General elections are coming and that suffices to state that cartographic skills are required in virtually all aspects,in the administration of election,delimitation of electoral areas,canvassing for votes,among other things.

    “In spite of the overwhelming role of cartography in election administration,it is grossly underused,ignored and unappreciated in electoral administration in Nigeria.

    “As we prepare for another census in 2023, cartography is pivotal in entrenching an accurate and living census.

    “Cartographic skills are required in the demarcation of enumeration areas,distribution of enumerators and supervisors’ workload.

    “They also help in spatial aggregations and cross-area referencing of census data,production of thematic maps of census variables,” he said.

    He said that the workshop would devote a session to Women in Cartography, have event on Street Mapping by Unique Mappers Network,Map Competition with prizes to be won and induction of new members,among other activities.

    Mr Abuduganiyu Adebomehin,Surveyor General of the Federation, said that there was need to increase the number of professionals from university level.

    Represented by Mr Emmanuel Nwakanma,a Director, Adebomehin said there was also need for a professional body to regulate the practice of Cartography in the country.

    “OSGOF has acquired state-of-the-art equipment  and technologies such as Unmanned Aerial Systems with lidar to enhance capacity and manpower skills in all aspects of survey and mapping profession.

    “OSGOF is determined to partner constructively with all relevant stakeholders in the area of leadership,research,policy and strategy formulation for better service delivery,” he said.

    The SGoF hoped that technical deliberations in the conference would assist identify and address challenges,prospects and opportunities in the profession for a more self-reliant economy.

    The Chairman, National Population Commission (NPC) Mr Nasir Kwarra,said the 2023 census mapping referred to as Enumeration Area Demarcation (EAD) would encompass Population and housing census.

    Represented by Mr Muhammad Usman,Niger NPC Commissioner, Kwarra said, “the 2023 census will produce a Sustainable National Geographic Frame for Censuses and Surveys as well as Geographic Information Systems (GIS) based.

    ”Dr Halilu Shaba,Director-General of the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) said the Cartography was important for security, commercial purposes, as well as navigation.

    Represented by Prof. Lazarus Ojigi,Director, Mission Planning and Spatial Data Management, he said mapping helped people to know how to react in their environment.

    Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Lucky Irabor, who was also represented by Maj.-Gen. Elvis Njoku, encouraged professionals to ensure the availability of maps produced locally in the public domain for citizens’ and global consumption.

    Mr Stephen Calder, a Town Planner with GIS Transport Limited, said the organisation had produced maps of eight states in the country and it was further working on developing maps for more areas in the country.

    NCA, established  in 1978 is the recognised professional body of all map makers and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) data visualisation professionals in Nigeria.

    The NCA holds its annual conference and AGM to present,exhibit and discuss new developments,innovations in mapping sciences and technologies for application in sectors of government for national development.

    Highlights of the opening ceremony included conferment of Fellowship Awards, Certificates of Professionalism and other honorary awards to fellows and members of the NCA.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The National Space Research and Development Agency NASRDA on Monday urged business moguls like Aliko Dangote and Tony Elumelu among others to invest in space Science and Technology sector of the country Dr Felix Alle Head Media and Corporate Communications of the agency in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja said Public Private Partnership PPP will boost space development Alle said that the current leadership of the Space Agency under Dr Halilu Shaba was driven towards private sector participation that will ensure Nigerians benefit from space science and technology The official emphasised that globally big entrepreneurs like Elon Musk and Richard Branson were investing in space economy because opportunities for growth abound He revealed that the desire to broaden PPP in the space sector spurred the agency to plan towards an internal conference and exhibition on Space Economy expected to hold early in 2023 Alle said We believe that when we have this PPP the impact of space technology will be adequately felt by the larger society We are not relenting and NASRDA want Nigerians to be part of the space economy and the conference will showcase windows of opportunities available in the space sector Those opportunities will be highlighted to members of the public and prospective investors so they can key into it because a lot of our people are still ignorant of opportunities in this area We want the likes of Aliko Dangote Elumelu and big businesses entrepreneurs to show interest in the area of space sector Alle urged entrepreneurs to see the sector as a very strategic area that they can invest in and at the same time contribute to the socio economic development of this country He added They can embark on so many projects establish companies and boost their financial strength as well as create job opportunities for our youths Alle said that the conference would be hosted in collaboration with the Abuja Chamber of Commerce and would gather key players across the globe He also said that the agency was expanding its partnerships both locally and internationally added to the existing ones According to him we are doing all these to contribute to the socio economic development of our country because everything we do today has space connotation Alle further recalled a recent concession of some of the agency s projects by the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission ICRC to the Minister of Science Technology and Innovation Dr Adeleke Mamora Alle listed the projects to include the Satellite Broadband project the Planetarium and the Space Museum which have the capacity of generating N48billion over 15 years period of their concession The Director General of ICRC Mr Joe Ohiani told the Minister then that the projects can generate about N48billion and create like 10 000 jobs if implemented It was a way of inviting PPP and the Memorandum to this effect is before the Federal Executive Council and as soon as this is approved we will hit the ground running Alle said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NASRDA woos Dangote, Elumelu, others to invest in space tech
     The National Space Research and Development Agency NASRDA on Monday urged business moguls like Aliko Dangote and Tony Elumelu among others to invest in space Science and Technology sector of the country Dr Felix Alle Head Media and Corporate Communications of the agency in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja said Public Private Partnership PPP will boost space development Alle said that the current leadership of the Space Agency under Dr Halilu Shaba was driven towards private sector participation that will ensure Nigerians benefit from space science and technology The official emphasised that globally big entrepreneurs like Elon Musk and Richard Branson were investing in space economy because opportunities for growth abound He revealed that the desire to broaden PPP in the space sector spurred the agency to plan towards an internal conference and exhibition on Space Economy expected to hold early in 2023 Alle said We believe that when we have this PPP the impact of space technology will be adequately felt by the larger society We are not relenting and NASRDA want Nigerians to be part of the space economy and the conference will showcase windows of opportunities available in the space sector Those opportunities will be highlighted to members of the public and prospective investors so they can key into it because a lot of our people are still ignorant of opportunities in this area We want the likes of Aliko Dangote Elumelu and big businesses entrepreneurs to show interest in the area of space sector Alle urged entrepreneurs to see the sector as a very strategic area that they can invest in and at the same time contribute to the socio economic development of this country He added They can embark on so many projects establish companies and boost their financial strength as well as create job opportunities for our youths Alle said that the conference would be hosted in collaboration with the Abuja Chamber of Commerce and would gather key players across the globe He also said that the agency was expanding its partnerships both locally and internationally added to the existing ones According to him we are doing all these to contribute to the socio economic development of our country because everything we do today has space connotation Alle further recalled a recent concession of some of the agency s projects by the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission ICRC to the Minister of Science Technology and Innovation Dr Adeleke Mamora Alle listed the projects to include the Satellite Broadband project the Planetarium and the Space Museum which have the capacity of generating N48billion over 15 years period of their concession The Director General of ICRC Mr Joe Ohiani told the Minister then that the projects can generate about N48billion and create like 10 000 jobs if implemented It was a way of inviting PPP and the Memorandum to this effect is before the Federal Executive Council and as soon as this is approved we will hit the ground running Alle said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NASRDA woos Dangote, Elumelu, others to invest in space tech
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    NASRDA woos Dangote, Elumelu, others to invest in space tech

    The National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA), on Monday urged business moguls like Aliko Dangote and Tony Elumelu, among others, to invest in space Science and Technology sector of the country.

    Dr Felix Alle, Head, Media and Corporate Communications of the agency, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja said Public Private Partnership (PPP) will boost space development.

    Alle said that the current leadership of the Space Agency under Dr Halilu Shaba was driven towards private sector participation that will ensure Nigerians benefit from space science and technology.

    The official emphasised that globally, big entrepreneurs like Elon Musk and Richard Branson were investing in space economy because opportunities for growth abound.

    He revealed that the desire to broaden PPP in the space sector spurred the agency to plan towards an internal conference and exhibition on Space Economy expected to hold early in 2023. Alle said: “We believe that when we have this PPP, the impact of space technology will be adequately felt by the larger society.

    “We are not relenting and NASRDA want Nigerians to be part of the space economy and the conference will showcase windows of opportunities available in the space sector.

    “Those opportunities will be highlighted to members of the public and prospective investors so they can key into it because a lot of our people are still ignorant of opportunities in this area.

    “We want the likes of Aliko Dangote, Elumelu and big businesses, entrepreneurs to show interest in the area of space sector.

    ’’ Alle urged entrepreneurs to see the sector as a very strategic area that they can invest in and at the same time contribute to the socio-economic development of this country.

    He added: “They can embark on so many projects, establish companies and boost their financial strength as well as create job opportunities for our youths.

    ’’ Alle said that the conference would be hosted in collaboration with the Abuja Chamber of Commerce and would gather key players across the globe.

    He also said that the agency was expanding its partnerships, both locally and internationally, added to the existing ones.

    According to him, ”we are doing all these to contribute to the socio-economic development of our country, because everything we do today has space connotation.

    ” Alle further recalled a recent concession of some of the agency’s projects by the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC), to the Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Dr Adeleke Mamora.

    Alle listed the projects to include the Satellite Broadband project, the Planetarium and the Space Museum which have the capacity of generating N48billion over 15 years period of their concession.

    “The Director-General of ICRC , Mr Joe Ohiani, told the Minister then that the projects can generate about N48billion and create like 10,000 jobs if implemented.

    “It was a way of inviting PPP and the Memorandum to this effect is before the Federal Executive Council and as soon as this is approved, we will hit the ground running,’’ Alle said.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Dr Kabir Adamu Special Adviser to the Senate President on Security and Intelligence has called for the harmonisation of space technology application initiatives in relevant government institutions This Adamu said was to effectively address the emerging and recurring national security challenges and terrorism Adamu said this at the Annual Lecture and Conferment of Fellowship Awards organised by the Nigerian Institution of Space Engineers NISE in Abuja The lecture being the sixth edition was organised in honour of the pioneer chairman of the institution retired Brig Gen Michael Agu for his immense contributions towards propelling space policy and technology in the country The theme of the lecture is Transportation Terrorism in Nigeria Implications Countermeasures and Space Technology Solutions Adamu said that Nigeria had the capability and capacity to address terrorism adding there is the NISEng the space agency as well as Defence Space Administration DSA Others are Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy the Nigerian Communications Commission among other institutions with pockets of ideas to apply space technology Looking at the vision mandates of the NISEng NASRDA the DSA and other organisations there is the common goal of using space technology for the socio economic development of citizens We have the capacity but we just require to harmonise these goals so that there will be a working relationship to address transportation terrorism in the country he said Adamu also recalled that there was the revamped National Security Strategy of 2019 which highlighted the use of space technology Ths he said was to address national issues through space education as well as indigenous security wares production citing geospatial labs across the country to support strategic planning Adamu added implementing the strategy will help our security challenges and that should be spearheaded by the DSA He further recommended the use of Satellite Communication and Global Navigation Satellite Systems GNSS that will allow for monitoring of terrorists We need to use high resolution spatial images from remote sensing satellites to check the hotspot locations of terrorists Artificial Intelligence Big data Internet of Things are leading in various technologies and will continue to open up niche opportunities for space science and technology in all fields of human endeavours Adamu said The expert also called for a three tier approach in fighting insecurity which includes national bilateral and multilateral means He said that space technology had emerged as the driving force behind scientific socio economic military and Intelligence supremacy of developed nations of the world Adamu said that determinants of transportation terrorism include existence of armed non state actors with the willingness to commit terrorism failure to act on intelligence weak institutional capacity and ineffective justice systems The expert added that implications of transport terrorism results in poor investments economy failure and trade among others which the country needs to fight against Dr Halilu Shaba Director General of the National Space Research and Development Agency NASRDA recognised that engineering had contributed to the development of space technology Represented by Dr Halidu Ibrahim Director Ground Station and Mission Control Shaba commended Agu for creating the platform for sharing of ideas between the military and civilians The D G added that his contributions will be upheld by relevant stakeholders Dr George Okpanachi National Chairman of the NISEng said that the event will suggest ways the country can leverage space technology to address transportation terrorism The News Agency of Nigeria NAN reports that Fellowship Awards were conferred on Dr Olusegun Sholiyi Director Centre for Space Transport and Propulsion Eye Lagos State and Mr Akachukwu Chichebe Director Advanced Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Laboratory Uburu Ebonyi Responding Chichebe said as a fellow of the institution Nigerians should expect space based solutions that will address national challenges www ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Nigeria must harmonise space tech. initiatives to address insecurity- Expert 
     Dr Kabir Adamu Special Adviser to the Senate President on Security and Intelligence has called for the harmonisation of space technology application initiatives in relevant government institutions This Adamu said was to effectively address the emerging and recurring national security challenges and terrorism Adamu said this at the Annual Lecture and Conferment of Fellowship Awards organised by the Nigerian Institution of Space Engineers NISE in Abuja The lecture being the sixth edition was organised in honour of the pioneer chairman of the institution retired Brig Gen Michael Agu for his immense contributions towards propelling space policy and technology in the country The theme of the lecture is Transportation Terrorism in Nigeria Implications Countermeasures and Space Technology Solutions Adamu said that Nigeria had the capability and capacity to address terrorism adding there is the NISEng the space agency as well as Defence Space Administration DSA Others are Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy the Nigerian Communications Commission among other institutions with pockets of ideas to apply space technology Looking at the vision mandates of the NISEng NASRDA the DSA and other organisations there is the common goal of using space technology for the socio economic development of citizens We have the capacity but we just require to harmonise these goals so that there will be a working relationship to address transportation terrorism in the country he said Adamu also recalled that there was the revamped National Security Strategy of 2019 which highlighted the use of space technology Ths he said was to address national issues through space education as well as indigenous security wares production citing geospatial labs across the country to support strategic planning Adamu added implementing the strategy will help our security challenges and that should be spearheaded by the DSA He further recommended the use of Satellite Communication and Global Navigation Satellite Systems GNSS that will allow for monitoring of terrorists We need to use high resolution spatial images from remote sensing satellites to check the hotspot locations of terrorists Artificial Intelligence Big data Internet of Things are leading in various technologies and will continue to open up niche opportunities for space science and technology in all fields of human endeavours Adamu said The expert also called for a three tier approach in fighting insecurity which includes national bilateral and multilateral means He said that space technology had emerged as the driving force behind scientific socio economic military and Intelligence supremacy of developed nations of the world Adamu said that determinants of transportation terrorism include existence of armed non state actors with the willingness to commit terrorism failure to act on intelligence weak institutional capacity and ineffective justice systems The expert added that implications of transport terrorism results in poor investments economy failure and trade among others which the country needs to fight against Dr Halilu Shaba Director General of the National Space Research and Development Agency NASRDA recognised that engineering had contributed to the development of space technology Represented by Dr Halidu Ibrahim Director Ground Station and Mission Control Shaba commended Agu for creating the platform for sharing of ideas between the military and civilians The D G added that his contributions will be upheld by relevant stakeholders Dr George Okpanachi National Chairman of the NISEng said that the event will suggest ways the country can leverage space technology to address transportation terrorism The News Agency of Nigeria NAN reports that Fellowship Awards were conferred on Dr Olusegun Sholiyi Director Centre for Space Transport and Propulsion Eye Lagos State and Mr Akachukwu Chichebe Director Advanced Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Laboratory Uburu Ebonyi Responding Chichebe said as a fellow of the institution Nigerians should expect space based solutions that will address national challenges www ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Nigeria must harmonise space tech. initiatives to address insecurity- Expert 
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    Nigeria must harmonise space tech. initiatives to address insecurity- Expert 

    Dr Kabir Adamu, Special Adviser to the Senate President on Security and Intelligence, has called for the harmonisation of space technology application initiatives in relevant government institutions.

    This, Adamu said, was to effectively address the emerging and recurring national security challenges and terrorism.

    Adamu said this at the Annual Lecture and Conferment of Fellowship Awards organised by the Nigerian Institution of Space Engineers (NISE in Abuja.

    The lecture, being the sixth edition was organised in honour of the pioneer chairman of the institution, retired Brig.-Gen. Michael Agu, for his immense contributions towards propelling space policy and technology in the country.

    The theme of the lecture is “Transportation Terrorism in Nigeria: Implications,Countermeasures and Space Technology Solutions.

    ”Adamu said that Nigeria had the capability and capacity to address terrorism, adding, ”there is the NISEng, the space agency, as well as Defence Space Administration (DSA).

    ”Others are Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, the Nigerian Communications Commission, among other institutions with pockets of ideas to apply space technology.  

    “Looking at the vision, mandates of the NISEng,NASRDA,the DSA and other organisations,there is the common goal of using space technology for the socio-economic development of  citizens.  

    “We have the capacity, but we just require to harmonise these goals so that there will be a working relationship to address transportation terrorism in the country,” he said.  

    Adamu also recalled that there was the revamped National Security Strategy of 2019, which highlighted the use of space technology.

    Ths, he said, was to address national issues through space education, as well as indigenous security wares production, citing geospatial labs across the country to support strategic planning.  

    Adamu added, ”implementing the strategy will help our security challenges and that should be spearheaded by the DSA.

    ”   He further recommended the use of Satellite Communication and Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS), that will allow for monitoring of terrorists.  

    “We need to use high resolution spatial images from remote sensing satellites to check the hotspot locations of terrorists.  

    “Artificial Intelligence,Big data,Internet of Things are leading in various technologies and will continue to open up niche opportunities for space science and technology in all fields of human endeavours,” Adamu said.  

    The expert also called for a three tier approach in fighting insecurity which includes national,bilateral and multilateral means.  

    He said that space technology had emerged as the driving force behind scientific, socio-economic, military and Intelligence supremacy of developed nations of the world.

    Adamu said that determinants of transportation terrorism include existence of armed non-state actors, ” with the willingness to commit terrorism,failure to act on intelligence,weak institutional capacity and ineffective justice systems.

    ”The expert added that implications of transport terrorism results in poor investments, economy failure, and trade,among others,which the country needs to fight against.

    Dr Halilu Shaba, Director-General of the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA), recognised that engineering had contributed to the development of space technology.

    Represented by Dr Halidu Ibrahim, Director, Ground Station and Mission Control, Shaba commended Agu for creating the platform for sharing of ideas between the military and civilians.

    The D-G added that his contributions will be upheld by relevant stakeholders.

    Dr George Okpanachi, National Chairman of the NISEng, said that the event will suggest ways the country can leverage space technology to address transportation terrorism.

    The News Agency of Nigeria ( NAN) reports that Fellowship Awards were conferred on Dr Olusegun Sholiyi,  Director, ,Centre for Space Transport and Propulsion, Eye-Lagos State and Mr Akachukwu Chichebe, Director, Advanced Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Laboratory, Uburu, Ebonyi.

    Responding, Chichebe said,”as a fellow of the institution,  Nigerians should expect space-based solutions that will address national challenges.

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  •   We ll sustain support for critical sectors privatization Minister Dr Olorunnimbe Mamora the Minister of Science Technology and Innovation has said that the Federal Government would continuously support the privatisation and commercialisation of critical sectors of the nation s economy The minister stated this during the presentation of Full Business Case FBC certificates for Public Private Partnership in Abuja on Monday According to him government will continue to support critical sectors with great financial burden in order to bolster the socio economic growth and development of the nation Mamora said that two projects to be concessioned were Planetarium and Broadband facilities with specialised theatre He said that both projects already had representations where the solar system galaxy and the universe can be projected The minister said with satellite intelligence information could be gathered on tackling some of the problems retarding the growth and progress of the country Also speaking the Minister of State for Science Technology and Innovation Mr Henry Ikoh said the Federal Government was resolute in commercialising innovations Earlier Dr Halilu Shaba the Director General National Space Research and Development Agency NASRDA said that Planetarium and Museum building were inaugurated in April 2018 Shaba stated that its sole objective was educational with the provision of entertainment services to Nigeria about space science and technology He said that it also aimed at generating revenue for Nigeria The DG said after the projects become operational they would contribute significantly to space knowledge and astronomy The Director General Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission ICRC Dr Joe Ohiani said that the two projects would create about 10 000 direct and indirect jobs He added that they would also enhance tourism boost capacity and create great innovations in the country Ohiani said that the broadband project would generate about N28 billion and the project would equally create N20 billion He said that both projects would also attract foreign investors to the country NewsSourceCredit NAN
    We’ll sustain support for critical sectors’ privatization —Minister
      We ll sustain support for critical sectors privatization Minister Dr Olorunnimbe Mamora the Minister of Science Technology and Innovation has said that the Federal Government would continuously support the privatisation and commercialisation of critical sectors of the nation s economy The minister stated this during the presentation of Full Business Case FBC certificates for Public Private Partnership in Abuja on Monday According to him government will continue to support critical sectors with great financial burden in order to bolster the socio economic growth and development of the nation Mamora said that two projects to be concessioned were Planetarium and Broadband facilities with specialised theatre He said that both projects already had representations where the solar system galaxy and the universe can be projected The minister said with satellite intelligence information could be gathered on tackling some of the problems retarding the growth and progress of the country Also speaking the Minister of State for Science Technology and Innovation Mr Henry Ikoh said the Federal Government was resolute in commercialising innovations Earlier Dr Halilu Shaba the Director General National Space Research and Development Agency NASRDA said that Planetarium and Museum building were inaugurated in April 2018 Shaba stated that its sole objective was educational with the provision of entertainment services to Nigeria about space science and technology He said that it also aimed at generating revenue for Nigeria The DG said after the projects become operational they would contribute significantly to space knowledge and astronomy The Director General Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission ICRC Dr Joe Ohiani said that the two projects would create about 10 000 direct and indirect jobs He added that they would also enhance tourism boost capacity and create great innovations in the country Ohiani said that the broadband project would generate about N28 billion and the project would equally create N20 billion He said that both projects would also attract foreign investors to the country NewsSourceCredit NAN
    We’ll sustain support for critical sectors’ privatization —Minister
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    We’ll sustain support for critical sectors’ privatization —Minister

    We’ll sustain support for critical sectors’ privatization —Minister Dr Olorunnimbe Mamora, the Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, has said that the Federal Government would continuously support the privatisation and commercialisation of critical sectors of the nation’s economy.

    The minister stated this during the presentation of ‘Full Business Case(FBC)’ certificates for Public-Private-Partnership in Abuja on Monday.

    According to him, government will continue to support critical sectors with great financial burden in order to bolster the socio-economic growth and development of the nation.

    Mamora said that two projects to be concessioned were Planetarium and Broadband facilities with specialised theatre.

    He said that both projects already had  representations where the solar system galaxy and the universe can be projected.

    The minister said, ”with satellite, intelligence information could be gathered on tackling some of the problems retarding the growth and progress of the country.

    ” Also speaking, the  Minister of State for Science, Technology and Innovation, Mr Henry Ikoh, said the Federal Government was resolute in commercialising innovations.

    Earlier, Dr Halilu Shaba, the Director-General, National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA),said that Planetarium and Museum building were inaugurated in April 2018. Shaba stated that its sole objective was educational, with the provision of entertainment services to Nigeria about space science and technology.

    He said that it also aimed at  generating revenue for Nigeria.

    The DG said after the projects become operational, they would contribute significantly to space knowledge and astronomy.

    The Director-General, Infrastructure, Concession Regulatory Commission,(ICRC), Dr Joe Ohiani said that the two projects would create about 10,000 direct and indirect jobs.

    He added that they would also enhance tourism, boost capacity and create great innovations in the country.

    Ohiani said that the broadband project would generate about N28 billion and the project would equally create N20 billion.

    He said that both projects would also attract foreign investors to the country.


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  •  The National Space Research and Development Agency NASRDA has signed a Memorandum of Understanding MoU with Aerospace Information Research Institute of the Chinese Academy of Sciences AIRCAS for technical assistance to improve crop yield This will ensure the deployment of space technology in its project CropWatch and bridge the gap in food yields through a capacity building initiative Dr Felix Alle Head Media and Corporate Communications of the NASRDA confirmed the virtual signing of the MoU on Thursday in a statement issued in Abuja The capacity building initiative is in partnership with United Nations Conference on Trade and Development UNCTAD The Director General DG of NASRDA Dr Halilu Shaba recalled the journey began in March 2021 while the signing of the documents in China was led by Mr Wu Yirong the D G of AIRCAS Shaba said the project was offering developing countries technical assistance through the CropWatch Innovative Cooperation Programme ICP to access its Earth Observation CropWatch system He also said the project was supported by the Alliance of International Science Organisations ANSO and would foster the implementation of the SDGs in developing countries Increasing agricultural productivity in a sustainable manner to meet the growing demand both nationally and globally while adapting to a changing climate are challenges that the agricultural sector need to overcome in the next decades Currently Nigeria does not have access to a timely national food information system either due to technology deficits or costs However it is against this backdrop that NASRDA is collaborating with AIRCAS to customise the CropWatch ICP for agricultural monitoring This will facilitate and stimulate agricultural monitoring for the advancement of the SDG goal of zero hunger through a joint research and capacity building with NASRDA he said Shaba added that the country would be supported in utilising the cloud platform for monitoring crop condition crop stress and production at national and subnational levels He further said that the technical assistance would enable relevant stakeholders to carry out near real time national or subnational crop monitoring It will customise CropWatch to meet specific needs of Nigeria and strengthen the capacity of relevant stakeholders to identify suitable climate resilient agricultural practices It will also improve crop production by integrating geospatial information for agricultural production he said The D G said that the Agency would carry out researches in agriculture and related field using data from the nation s satellites NigeriaSat 1 and NigeriaSat 2 Shaba said the agency was engaging seriously to ensure the assistance resulted to enhanced food production for the country among other benefits NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FG, Chinese Academy sign MoU on enhanced crop yield
     The National Space Research and Development Agency NASRDA has signed a Memorandum of Understanding MoU with Aerospace Information Research Institute of the Chinese Academy of Sciences AIRCAS for technical assistance to improve crop yield This will ensure the deployment of space technology in its project CropWatch and bridge the gap in food yields through a capacity building initiative Dr Felix Alle Head Media and Corporate Communications of the NASRDA confirmed the virtual signing of the MoU on Thursday in a statement issued in Abuja The capacity building initiative is in partnership with United Nations Conference on Trade and Development UNCTAD The Director General DG of NASRDA Dr Halilu Shaba recalled the journey began in March 2021 while the signing of the documents in China was led by Mr Wu Yirong the D G of AIRCAS Shaba said the project was offering developing countries technical assistance through the CropWatch Innovative Cooperation Programme ICP to access its Earth Observation CropWatch system He also said the project was supported by the Alliance of International Science Organisations ANSO and would foster the implementation of the SDGs in developing countries Increasing agricultural productivity in a sustainable manner to meet the growing demand both nationally and globally while adapting to a changing climate are challenges that the agricultural sector need to overcome in the next decades Currently Nigeria does not have access to a timely national food information system either due to technology deficits or costs However it is against this backdrop that NASRDA is collaborating with AIRCAS to customise the CropWatch ICP for agricultural monitoring This will facilitate and stimulate agricultural monitoring for the advancement of the SDG goal of zero hunger through a joint research and capacity building with NASRDA he said Shaba added that the country would be supported in utilising the cloud platform for monitoring crop condition crop stress and production at national and subnational levels He further said that the technical assistance would enable relevant stakeholders to carry out near real time national or subnational crop monitoring It will customise CropWatch to meet specific needs of Nigeria and strengthen the capacity of relevant stakeholders to identify suitable climate resilient agricultural practices It will also improve crop production by integrating geospatial information for agricultural production he said The D G said that the Agency would carry out researches in agriculture and related field using data from the nation s satellites NigeriaSat 1 and NigeriaSat 2 Shaba said the agency was engaging seriously to ensure the assistance resulted to enhanced food production for the country among other benefits NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FG, Chinese Academy sign MoU on enhanced crop yield
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    FG, Chinese Academy sign MoU on enhanced crop yield

    The National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Aerospace Information Research Institute of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (AIRCAS) for technical assistance to improve crop yield.

    This will ensure the deployment of space technology in its project ‘CropWatch’ and bridge the gap in food yields through a capacity building initiative.

    Dr Felix Alle, Head Media and Corporate Communications of the NASRDA, confirmed the virtual signing of the MoU on Thursday in a statement issued in Abuja.

    The capacity building initiative is in partnership with United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).

    The Director-General (DG) of NASRDA, Dr Halilu Shaba, recalled the journey began in March 2021, while the signing of the documents in China was led by Mr Wu Yirong, the D-G of AIRCAS.

    Shaba said the project was offering developing countries technical assistance through the CropWatch Innovative Cooperation Programme (ICP) to access its Earth Observation CropWatch system.

    He also said the project was supported by the Alliance of International Science Organisations (ANSO) and would foster the implementation of the SDGs in developing countries.

    “Increasing agricultural productivity in a sustainable manner to meet the growing demand both nationally and globally while adapting to a changing climate are challenges that the agricultural sector need to overcome in the next decades.

    “Currently, Nigeria does not have access to a timely national food information system either due to technology deficits or costs.

    “However, it is against this backdrop, that NASRDA is collaborating with AIRCAS to customise the CropWatch ICP for agricultural monitoring.

    “This will facilitate and stimulate agricultural monitoring for the advancement of the SDG goal of zero hunger through a joint research and capacity building with NASRDA,’’ he said.

    Shaba added that the country would be supported in utilising the cloud platform for monitoring crop condition, crop stress and production at national and subnational levels.

    He further said that the technical assistance would enable relevant stakeholders to carry out near real time national or subnational crop monitoring.

    “It will customise CropWatch to meet specific needs of Nigeria and strengthen the capacity of relevant stakeholders to identify suitable climate resilient agricultural practices.

    “It will also improve crop production by integrating geospatial information for agricultural production,’’ he said.

    The D-G said that the Agency would carry out researches in agriculture and related field using data from the nation’s satellites, NigeriaSat-1 and NigeriaSat-2.

    Shaba said the agency was engaging seriously to ensure the assistance resulted to enhanced food production for the country, among other benefits.

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The National Space Research and Development Agency NASRDA has signed a Memorandum of Understanding MoU with Aerospace Information Research Institute of the Chinese Academy of Sciences AIRCAS for technical assistance to improve crop yield This will ensure the deployment of space technology in its project CropWatch and bridge the gap in food yields through a capacity building initiative Dr Felix Alle Head Media and Corporate Communications of the NASRDA confirmed the virtual signing of the MoU on Thursday in a statement issued in Abuja The capacity building initiative is in partnership with United Nations Conference on Trade and Development UNCTAD The Director General DG of NASRDA Dr Halilu Shaba recalled the journey began in March 2021 while the signing of the documents in China was led by Mr Wu Yirong the D G of AIRCAS Shaba said the project was offering developing countries technical assistance through the CropWatch Innovative Cooperation Programme ICP to access its Earth Observation CropWatch system He also said the project was supported by the Alliance of International Science Organisations ANSO and would foster the implementation of the SDGs in developing countries Increasing agricultural productivity in a sustainable manner to meet the growing demand both nationally and globally while adapting to a changing climate are challenges that the agricultural sector need to overcome in the next decades Currently Nigeria does not have access to a timely national food information system either due to technology deficits or costs However it is against this backdrop that NASRDA is collaborating with AIRCAS to customise the CropWatch ICP for agricultural monitoring This will facilitate and stimulate agricultural monitoring for the advancement of the SDG goal of zero hunger through a joint research and capacity building with NASRDA he said Shaba added that the country would be supported in utilising the cloud platform for monitoring crop condition crop stress and production at national and subnational levels He further said that the technical assistance would enable relevant stakeholders to carry out near real time national or subnational crop monitoring It will customise CropWatch to meet specific needs of Nigeria and strengthen the capacity of relevant stakeholders to identify suitable climate resilient agricultural practices It will also improve crop production by integrating geospatial information for agricultural production he said The D G said that the Agency would carry out researches in agriculture and related field using data from the nation s satellites NigeriaSat 1 and NigeriaSat 2 Shaba said the agency was engaging seriously to ensure the assistance resulted to enhanced food production for the country among other benefits NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FG, Chinese Academy sign MoU on enhanced crop yield
     The National Space Research and Development Agency NASRDA has signed a Memorandum of Understanding MoU with Aerospace Information Research Institute of the Chinese Academy of Sciences AIRCAS for technical assistance to improve crop yield This will ensure the deployment of space technology in its project CropWatch and bridge the gap in food yields through a capacity building initiative Dr Felix Alle Head Media and Corporate Communications of the NASRDA confirmed the virtual signing of the MoU on Thursday in a statement issued in Abuja The capacity building initiative is in partnership with United Nations Conference on Trade and Development UNCTAD The Director General DG of NASRDA Dr Halilu Shaba recalled the journey began in March 2021 while the signing of the documents in China was led by Mr Wu Yirong the D G of AIRCAS Shaba said the project was offering developing countries technical assistance through the CropWatch Innovative Cooperation Programme ICP to access its Earth Observation CropWatch system He also said the project was supported by the Alliance of International Science Organisations ANSO and would foster the implementation of the SDGs in developing countries Increasing agricultural productivity in a sustainable manner to meet the growing demand both nationally and globally while adapting to a changing climate are challenges that the agricultural sector need to overcome in the next decades Currently Nigeria does not have access to a timely national food information system either due to technology deficits or costs However it is against this backdrop that NASRDA is collaborating with AIRCAS to customise the CropWatch ICP for agricultural monitoring This will facilitate and stimulate agricultural monitoring for the advancement of the SDG goal of zero hunger through a joint research and capacity building with NASRDA he said Shaba added that the country would be supported in utilising the cloud platform for monitoring crop condition crop stress and production at national and subnational levels He further said that the technical assistance would enable relevant stakeholders to carry out near real time national or subnational crop monitoring It will customise CropWatch to meet specific needs of Nigeria and strengthen the capacity of relevant stakeholders to identify suitable climate resilient agricultural practices It will also improve crop production by integrating geospatial information for agricultural production he said The D G said that the Agency would carry out researches in agriculture and related field using data from the nation s satellites NigeriaSat 1 and NigeriaSat 2 Shaba said the agency was engaging seriously to ensure the assistance resulted to enhanced food production for the country among other benefits NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FG, Chinese Academy sign MoU on enhanced crop yield
    General news5 months ago

    FG, Chinese Academy sign MoU on enhanced crop yield

    The National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Aerospace Information Research Institute of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (AIRCAS) for technical assistance to improve crop yield.

    This will ensure the deployment of space technology in its project ‘CropWatch’ and bridge the gap in food yields through a capacity building initiative.

    Dr Felix Alle, Head Media and Corporate Communications of the NASRDA, confirmed the virtual signing of the MoU on Thursday in a statement issued in Abuja.

    The capacity building initiative is in partnership with United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).

    The Director-General (DG) of NASRDA, Dr Halilu Shaba, recalled the journey began in March 2021, while the signing of the documents in China was led by Mr Wu Yirong, the D-G of AIRCAS.

    Shaba said the project was offering developing countries technical assistance through the CropWatch Innovative Cooperation Programme (ICP) to access its Earth Observation CropWatch system.

    He also said the project was supported by the Alliance of International Science Organisations (ANSO) and would foster the implementation of the SDGs in developing countries.

    “Increasing agricultural productivity in a sustainable manner to meet the growing demand both nationally and globally while adapting to a changing climate are challenges that the agricultural sector need to overcome in the next decades.

    “Currently, Nigeria does not have access to a timely national food information system either due to technology deficits or costs.

    “However, it is against this backdrop, that NASRDA is collaborating with AIRCAS to customise the CropWatch ICP for agricultural monitoring.

    “This will facilitate and stimulate agricultural monitoring for the advancement of the SDG goal of zero hunger through a joint research and capacity building with NASRDA,’’ he said.

    Shaba added that the country would be supported in utilising the cloud platform for monitoring crop condition, crop stress and production at national and subnational levels.

    He further said that the technical assistance would enable relevant stakeholders to carry out near real time national or subnational crop monitoring.

    “It will customise CropWatch to meet specific needs of Nigeria and strengthen the capacity of relevant stakeholders to identify suitable climate resilient agricultural practices.

    “It will also improve crop production by integrating geospatial information for agricultural production,’’ he said.

    The D-G said that the Agency would carry out researches in agriculture and related field using data from the nation’s satellites, NigeriaSat-1 and NigeriaSat-2.

    Shaba said the agency was engaging seriously to ensure the assistance resulted to enhanced food production for the country, among other benefits.

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •   Dr Olisa Agbakoba Senior Advocate for Nigeria SAN and former President of the Nigerian Bar Association NBA has called for operational legislation to support space programs in the country Agbakoba made the call while paying a courtesy visit to the Director General of the National Space Research and Development Agency NASRDA Dr Halilu Shaba in Abuja He said that the activities related to space in the 21st century were platforms for social development and that the future of humanity was space hence the need for laws that would strengthen the agency and give it the necessary legal support to update its constitutional mandate NASRDA s space policy needs to be modified to include space object licensing as more people begin to show an interest in space with some emerging and strategic developments he said He added that there was a need to reaffirm its clear roles and mandates to avoid conflicts between the agency and other space industry players He argued that NASRDA which is responsible for building and launching satellites must have the legal and necessary support to update Nigeria s space agenda for the general benefit of the people According to him the space industry is a potential source of income generation for the country especially in the area of Space Technology and Tourism Agbakoba appreciated NASRDA s efforts in synergizing with public and private organizations as well as relevant stakeholders in designing strategies to ensure proper implementation for the success of the Nigerian Space Program In his comment Shaba said that the Nigerian Space Policy that was currently being implemented needed revision to allow for effective engagement in the commercialization of space programs and activities to enhance revenue generation Shaba who emphasized the strategic role that the agency plays in the country s socioeconomic development said that NASRDA designed to build and launch satellites as well as regulate all space related activities in the country He said the agency would continue to bridge the gap collaborating with relevant stakeholders and organizations that shared a keen vision complementary roles in realizing its goals and objectives Keep reading Source NAN
    Former NBA president advocates operative legislations for space programme
      Dr Olisa Agbakoba Senior Advocate for Nigeria SAN and former President of the Nigerian Bar Association NBA has called for operational legislation to support space programs in the country Agbakoba made the call while paying a courtesy visit to the Director General of the National Space Research and Development Agency NASRDA Dr Halilu Shaba in Abuja He said that the activities related to space in the 21st century were platforms for social development and that the future of humanity was space hence the need for laws that would strengthen the agency and give it the necessary legal support to update its constitutional mandate NASRDA s space policy needs to be modified to include space object licensing as more people begin to show an interest in space with some emerging and strategic developments he said He added that there was a need to reaffirm its clear roles and mandates to avoid conflicts between the agency and other space industry players He argued that NASRDA which is responsible for building and launching satellites must have the legal and necessary support to update Nigeria s space agenda for the general benefit of the people According to him the space industry is a potential source of income generation for the country especially in the area of Space Technology and Tourism Agbakoba appreciated NASRDA s efforts in synergizing with public and private organizations as well as relevant stakeholders in designing strategies to ensure proper implementation for the success of the Nigerian Space Program In his comment Shaba said that the Nigerian Space Policy that was currently being implemented needed revision to allow for effective engagement in the commercialization of space programs and activities to enhance revenue generation Shaba who emphasized the strategic role that the agency plays in the country s socioeconomic development said that NASRDA designed to build and launch satellites as well as regulate all space related activities in the country He said the agency would continue to bridge the gap collaborating with relevant stakeholders and organizations that shared a keen vision complementary roles in realizing its goals and objectives Keep reading Source NAN
    Former NBA president advocates operative legislations for space programme
    General news10 months ago

    Former NBA president advocates operative legislations for space programme

    Dr. Olisa Agbakoba, Senior Advocate for Nigeria (SAN) and former President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), has called for operational legislation to support space programs in the country.

    Agbakoba made the call while paying a courtesy visit to the Director General of the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA), Dr. Halilu Shaba, in Abuja.

    He said that the activities related to space in the 21st century were platforms for social development and that the future of humanity was space, hence the need for laws that would strengthen the agency and give it the necessary legal support to update its constitutional mandate. .

    "NASRDA's space policy needs to be modified to include space object licensing as more people begin to show an interest in space with some emerging and strategic developments," he said.

    He added that there was a need to reaffirm its clear roles and mandates to avoid conflicts between the agency and other space industry players.

    He argued that NASRDA, which is responsible for building and launching satellites, must have the legal and necessary support to update Nigeria's space agenda for the general benefit of the people.

    According to him, the space industry is a potential source of income generation for the country, especially in the area of ​​Space Technology and Tourism.

    Agbakoba appreciated NASRDA's efforts in synergizing with public and private organizations as well as relevant stakeholders in designing strategies to ensure proper implementation for the success of the Nigerian Space Program.

    In his comment, Shaba said that the Nigerian Space Policy that was currently being implemented needed revision to allow for effective engagement in the commercialization of space programs and activities to enhance revenue generation.

    Shaba, who emphasized the strategic role that the agency plays in the country's socioeconomic development, said that NASRDA, designed to build and launch satellites, as well as regulate all space-related activities in the country.

    He said the agency would continue to bridge the gap, collaborating with relevant stakeholders and organizations that shared a keen vision, complementary roles in realizing its goals and objectives.

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  •   The National Space Research and Development Agency NASRDA has presented a three year Multi Scale Flooding Monitoring and Assessment Services for West Africa to reduce risks The agency in collaboration with partners presented the services in Abuja on Wednesday to also manage flood disasters The services was produced under the programme tagged the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security GMES and Africa It was led the agency s activity centre Centre for Space Science and Technology Education CSSTE Ile Ife It was a joint initiative of the African Union and the European Union Commission which involved seven research institutions in Ghana Benin Republic Cote D Ivore Burkina Faso and Nigeria The programme was targeted at providing Earth Observation EO based services on near real time basis to disaster management organisations and boosting their human capacity to adapt to the services Some of the services included Up Datable Regional Flood Event Database Flood Reporter Flood Geospatial Database Flood forecast geoportal Flood damage assessment and capacity building programmes Dr Ogbonnaya Onu Minister for Science Technology and Innovation said that the products were good initiatives that should be domesticated for sustainability Onu represented Ekweozoh Director Environmental Sciences and Technology said that the initiative showcased the science technology and research initiatives toward the global Sustainable Development Goals SDGs The presentation of these products and services is filling a critical gap in flood disaster mitigation risk reduction and management Over the years there has been a gap between the need to adequately prevent manage and mitigate flood disasters to save lives and properties he said The minister noted that the initiative which was achieved using EO data and satellite technology showed further the need to deploy space technology to attain SDGs Satellites play a very important role in our daily lives and national development and in recognition of this role the Federal Government has committed in human capacity for satellite development Dr Halilu Shaba Director General of NASRDA encouraged stakeholders and relevant agencies to deploy the services to save lives and properties Sustainable development can only be achieved if lives and properties are safe Shaba said Also the GMES and Africa Coordinator Dr Tidiane Quattara said that no country was left out in flooding disasters which made the products very important for SDGs achievement Quattara said the use of satellite data to address flooding will enable achievement of the SDGs In his contribution Sen Yusuf Yusuf Chairman Senate Committee on Special Duties said there was a wide range of gap between research institutions and the people Represented Chairman Sen Biobarakuma Degi Eremienyo Yusuf said scientific research should be disseminated to the people concerned There is need for advocacy on flooding research findings Local Government Areas for information dissemination so they can apply the research findings Also Dr Ganiyu Agbaje Director of CSSTE said that some of the services were developed to serve people in local areas like the farmers Agbaje said that the flood reporter s usage was in levels a tablet programned to take shots of flood events to users to enable a now cast report of flood disaster The flood reporter takes a picture and upload immediately to the flood even database which will help in the forecasting Another level is using SMS which is meant for the district heads the locals to get information alerts on when to go to farm For the radio jingles agencies are expected need to give exact location of possible flooding in the local language of the people because they are the reason we serve In the second phase of the programme we are looking at the locals helping us to use their phones to gather data on flooding so we can have more information to refine our prediction he said Some of the flooding risk reduction services were officially handed to NIMET National Emergency Management Agency Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency and other agencies that generate fold related data to prevent future occurrences Source NAN
    NASRDA, partners present flood monitoring, assessment services to mitigate disasters
      The National Space Research and Development Agency NASRDA has presented a three year Multi Scale Flooding Monitoring and Assessment Services for West Africa to reduce risks The agency in collaboration with partners presented the services in Abuja on Wednesday to also manage flood disasters The services was produced under the programme tagged the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security GMES and Africa It was led the agency s activity centre Centre for Space Science and Technology Education CSSTE Ile Ife It was a joint initiative of the African Union and the European Union Commission which involved seven research institutions in Ghana Benin Republic Cote D Ivore Burkina Faso and Nigeria The programme was targeted at providing Earth Observation EO based services on near real time basis to disaster management organisations and boosting their human capacity to adapt to the services Some of the services included Up Datable Regional Flood Event Database Flood Reporter Flood Geospatial Database Flood forecast geoportal Flood damage assessment and capacity building programmes Dr Ogbonnaya Onu Minister for Science Technology and Innovation said that the products were good initiatives that should be domesticated for sustainability Onu represented Ekweozoh Director Environmental Sciences and Technology said that the initiative showcased the science technology and research initiatives toward the global Sustainable Development Goals SDGs The presentation of these products and services is filling a critical gap in flood disaster mitigation risk reduction and management Over the years there has been a gap between the need to adequately prevent manage and mitigate flood disasters to save lives and properties he said The minister noted that the initiative which was achieved using EO data and satellite technology showed further the need to deploy space technology to attain SDGs Satellites play a very important role in our daily lives and national development and in recognition of this role the Federal Government has committed in human capacity for satellite development Dr Halilu Shaba Director General of NASRDA encouraged stakeholders and relevant agencies to deploy the services to save lives and properties Sustainable development can only be achieved if lives and properties are safe Shaba said Also the GMES and Africa Coordinator Dr Tidiane Quattara said that no country was left out in flooding disasters which made the products very important for SDGs achievement Quattara said the use of satellite data to address flooding will enable achievement of the SDGs In his contribution Sen Yusuf Yusuf Chairman Senate Committee on Special Duties said there was a wide range of gap between research institutions and the people Represented Chairman Sen Biobarakuma Degi Eremienyo Yusuf said scientific research should be disseminated to the people concerned There is need for advocacy on flooding research findings Local Government Areas for information dissemination so they can apply the research findings Also Dr Ganiyu Agbaje Director of CSSTE said that some of the services were developed to serve people in local areas like the farmers Agbaje said that the flood reporter s usage was in levels a tablet programned to take shots of flood events to users to enable a now cast report of flood disaster The flood reporter takes a picture and upload immediately to the flood even database which will help in the forecasting Another level is using SMS which is meant for the district heads the locals to get information alerts on when to go to farm For the radio jingles agencies are expected need to give exact location of possible flooding in the local language of the people because they are the reason we serve In the second phase of the programme we are looking at the locals helping us to use their phones to gather data on flooding so we can have more information to refine our prediction he said Some of the flooding risk reduction services were officially handed to NIMET National Emergency Management Agency Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency and other agencies that generate fold related data to prevent future occurrences Source NAN
    NASRDA, partners present flood monitoring, assessment services to mitigate disasters
    General news1 year ago

    NASRDA, partners present flood monitoring, assessment services to mitigate disasters

    The National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) has presented a three-year Multi-Scale Flooding Monitoring and Assessment Services for West Africa to reduce risks.

    The agency, in collaboration with partners presented the services in Abuja on Wednesday to also manage flood disasters.

    The services was produced under the programme tagged; the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) and Africa.

    It was led the agency’s activity centre, Centre for Space Science and Technology Education (CSSTE), Ile-Ife.

    It was a joint initiative of the African Union and the European Union Commission which involved seven research institutions in Ghana, Benin Republic, Cote D’Ivore, Burkina Faso and Nigeria.

    The programme was targeted at providing Earth Observation (EO) based services on near real time basis to disaster management organisations and boosting their human capacity to adapt to the services.

    Some of the services included; Up-Datable Regional Flood Event Database, Flood Reporter, Flood Geospatial Database, Flood forecast geoportal, Flood damage assessment and capacity building programmes.

    Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, Minister for Science, Technology and Innovation, said that the products were good initiatives that should be domesticated for sustainability.

    Onu, represented Ekweozoh, Director, Environmental Sciences and Technology, said that the initiative showcased the science, technology and research initiatives toward the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

    “The presentation of these products and services is filling a critical gap in flood disaster mitigation, risk reduction and management.

    “Over the years, there has been a gap between the need to adequately prevent, manage and mitigate flood disasters to save lives and properties,” he said.

    The minister noted that the initiative which was achieved using EO data and satellite technology showed further the need to deploy space technology to attain SDGs.

    “Satellites play a very important role in our daily lives and national development and in recognition of this role, the Federal Government has committed in human capacity for satellite development.

    Dr Halilu Shaba, Director-General of NASRDA encouraged stakeholders and relevant agencies to deploy the services to save lives and properties.

    “Sustainable development can only be achieved if lives and properties are safe,” Shaba said.

    Also, the GMES and Africa Coordinator, Dr Tidiane Quattara, said that no country was left out in flooding disasters which made the products very important for SDGs achievement.

    Quattara said, “the use of satellite data to address flooding will enable achievement of the SDGs.’’

    In his contribution, Sen. Yusuf Yusuf, Chairman, Senate Committee on Special Duties said there was a wide range of gap between research institutions and the people.

    Represented Chairman, Sen. Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo, Yusuf said, “scientific research should be disseminated to the people concerned.

    “There is need for advocacy on flooding research findings Local Government Areas for information dissemination so they can apply the research findings.’’

    Also, Dr Ganiyu Agbaje, Director of CSSTE, said that some of the services were developed to serve people in local areas like the farmers.

    Agbaje said that the flood reporter’s usage was in levels, a tablet programned to take shots of flood events to users to enable a now cast report of flood disaster.

    “The flood reporter takes a picture and upload immediately to the flood even database which will help in the forecasting.

    “Another level is using SMS which is meant for the district heads, the locals to get information alerts on when to go to farm.

    “For the radio jingles, agencies are expected need to give exact location of possible flooding in the local language of the people because they are the reason we serve.

    “In the second phase of the programme, we are looking at the locals helping us to use their phones to gather data on flooding so we can have more information to refine our prediction,’’ he said.

    Some of the flooding risk reduction services were officially handed to NIMET, National Emergency Management Agency, Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency and other agencies that generate fold related data to prevent future occurrences.

    Source: NAN

  •   The National Space Research and Development Agency NASRDA has announced that it would collaborate with the Federal Capital Territory Administration FCDA to honour the engineers that designed Nigeria s first satellite Nigeria Sat 1 in the territory after them The Director General of NASRDA Dr Halilu Shaba stated this at the exhibition of some quick win projects developed s Centre for Satellite Technology Development CSTD in Abuja on Wednesday The projects that were exhibited included a Tubesat Unmanned Ground Vehicle UGV Low Frequency Satellite Receiver Altitude Determination and Control System for Application in Micro Satellite and S Band Signal Filtration for a Low Earth Orbit LEO Ground Station The projects as components of satellites were designed to facilitate the indigenous design and development of satellites in the country Shaba said that naming streets after those engineers was a way of compensating them for using their talents for the country as well as encouraging young engineers to understand that here was prestige in Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics STEM Shaba said this year we are trying to name some streets after the engineers that built Nigeria Sat 1 and gradually we will get to the engineers for Nigeria Sat 2 There should be something that come to people who use their brain and talents to get us to where we are We are working with the FCTA to see that these names resonated so that the younger ones will not have that mindset of only engaging in entertainment or sports before they can be recognised The DG added that the ministry was working to establish a Science Technology and Innovation Television as well as the agency s Space Online TV to publicise the activities of the agency and reinforce the need for science education Source NAN
    NASRDA, FCTA collaborate to honour engineers of nation’s pioneer satellite  –DG
      The National Space Research and Development Agency NASRDA has announced that it would collaborate with the Federal Capital Territory Administration FCDA to honour the engineers that designed Nigeria s first satellite Nigeria Sat 1 in the territory after them The Director General of NASRDA Dr Halilu Shaba stated this at the exhibition of some quick win projects developed s Centre for Satellite Technology Development CSTD in Abuja on Wednesday The projects that were exhibited included a Tubesat Unmanned Ground Vehicle UGV Low Frequency Satellite Receiver Altitude Determination and Control System for Application in Micro Satellite and S Band Signal Filtration for a Low Earth Orbit LEO Ground Station The projects as components of satellites were designed to facilitate the indigenous design and development of satellites in the country Shaba said that naming streets after those engineers was a way of compensating them for using their talents for the country as well as encouraging young engineers to understand that here was prestige in Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics STEM Shaba said this year we are trying to name some streets after the engineers that built Nigeria Sat 1 and gradually we will get to the engineers for Nigeria Sat 2 There should be something that come to people who use their brain and talents to get us to where we are We are working with the FCTA to see that these names resonated so that the younger ones will not have that mindset of only engaging in entertainment or sports before they can be recognised The DG added that the ministry was working to establish a Science Technology and Innovation Television as well as the agency s Space Online TV to publicise the activities of the agency and reinforce the need for science education Source NAN
    NASRDA, FCTA collaborate to honour engineers of nation’s pioneer satellite  –DG
    General news1 year ago

    NASRDA, FCTA collaborate to honour engineers of nation’s pioneer satellite  –DG

    The National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) has announced that it would collaborate with the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCDA) to honour the engineers that designed Nigeria’s first satellite, Nigeria Sat-1, in the territory after them.

    The Director-General of NASRDA, Dr Halilu Shaba, stated this at the exhibition of some quick-win projects developed ’s Centre for Satellite Technology Development (CSTD) in Abuja, on Wednesday.

    The projects that were exhibited included a Tubesat, Unmanned Ground Vehicle(UGV), Low Frequency Satellite Receiver, Altitude Determination and Control System for Application in Micro-Satellite and S-Band Signal Filtration for a Low Earth Orbit (LEO)Ground Station.

    The projects, as components of satellites, were designed to facilitate the indigenous design and development of satellites in the country.

    Shaba said that naming streets after those engineers was a way of compensating them for using their talents for the country, as well as encouraging young engineers to understand that here was prestige in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

    Shaba said “this year, we are trying to name some streets after the engineers that built Nigeria Sat-1 and gradually we will get to the engineers for Nigeria Sat-2.

    “There should be something that come to people who use their brain and talents to get us to where we are.

    “We are working with the FCTA to see that these names resonated so that the younger ones will not have that mindset of only engaging in entertainment or sports before they can be recognised.”

    The DG added that the ministry was working to establish a Science, Technology and Innovation Television, as well as the agency’s Space Online TV, to publicise the activities of the agency and reinforce the need for science education.

    Source: NAN

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