NASRDA Collaborates With Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry

The Director General, National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA), Dr. Halilu Shaba has described space science and technology as the most strategic tool in driving Nigeria’s economy, and all round technology-driven solutions for the sustainable development of the Nation. He made this statement during a courtesy visit by a delegation from the Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) in furtherance of discussions on collaboration for the promotion of the activities of the Agency. Dr Shaba while stressing the need for commencement of the partnership by setting a working committee to that effect, he expressed optimism that the commercialization of space products will serve as a catalyst for economic development as well as boost government revenue. According to him, the agency as a principal stakeholder in the field of Space science and Technology, seeks to collaborate with relevant organizations such like the Chambers for the mutual benefit of both parties and the rapid and effective growth of the Nigerian economy. Furthermore, the NASRDA boss advocated for effective allocation of responsibilities based on skills and expertise of both parties as NASRDA rolls out it commodities for onward commercialization. Dr Shaba however emphasized that dearth of funds continue to be the bane of the Nigerian Space programme as the space enterprise is a capital intensive programme that require funding so as to maximize the capabilities of the space technology. He therefore expressed hope that with the partnership between both organizations the Chambers will provide a platform for investors both locally and internationally to invest in the Space Agency as the space industry can boast of return on investment in trillions. The Director General of the Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Ms Victoria Akai in her remarks, expressed appreciation to NASRDA for her proactive effort in reaching out for a partnership with their Organization and pledged their commitment towards the actualization of projecting NASRDA’s activities for the benefit of the common man. Ms Akai revealed that she was overwhelmed at the level of expertise and enterprise in the space agency and noted that the myriad of challenges faced by the nation, especially the menace of insecurity, has their solutions embedded in the products and activities that NASRDA has to offer. She emphasized the aptness of the collaboration and stated that the products from the space agency are relevant to various critical sectors of the Nigerian economy like medicine, security and telecommunications among others. The DG of the Chambers lauded the innovations of the Space Agency and proposed an expo to help advertise the plethora of inventions produced by the Agency. She said the partnership should not be put on the shelf, but should have a time frame, with short term, medium term and long term goals.

 

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