The acting Director-General of the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA), Mr Jonathan Angulu has expressed delight on the reappointment of Dr Ogbonnaya Onu as Honourable Minister of Science and Technology, describing it as a reward for excellence, integrity and hard work.
In a Press statement signed by Head, Media and Corporate Communications of the Agency, Dr Felix Ale, the NASRDA boss described the Minister as a round peg in a round hole who has contributed immensely in opening a new chapter of progress and development in the history of science and technology ministry in Nigeria.
According to him, Dr Onu as a distinguished scientist whose passion for science and technology, especially his immense contributions to space science and technology is highly commendable remains a visionary leader and elder statesman who can never be forgotten for his dramatic innovations and noble contributions in giving this critical sector a pride of place particularly in recent time.
Mr Angulu expressed appreciation to the Minister for the support and priority accorded various programmes of the Space Agency during his first term tenure, emphasising that, the gesture has greatly assisted the Agency on numerous achievements recorded in pursuance of its road map.
He emphasised that Dr Onu has succeeded in placing science and Technology in the front burner of development with emphasis on space science and technology as a driver and strategic tool for growth and development.
The NASRDA boss explained that Dr Onu’s reappointment will definitely create a formidable platform to build on the laid foundation and further consolidate on the previous contributions to the development of science and technology especially in the space sector.
Mr Angulu said, although, the agency had enjoyed so much attention in the last dispensation but asking for more like Oliver Twist, particularly in the realization of the successful completion of its Assembling Integration Testing and Design Centre (AITDC) which he described as a major facility in any space industry.
The NASRDA boss expressed the hope that, as an Agency, the successful completion of the on-going AITDC project at the NASRDA’S Headquarters, the first in Africa, will be a major milestone as Nigeria will competently utilise her wealth of experience in space science and technology by engaging its already acquired expertise and immense human resource to develop and design different categories of satellites in Nigeria and launch on Nigerian soil.
Mr Angulu also expressed gratitude to President Mohammadu Buhari for posting Dr Onu back to the Ministry of Science and Technology, saying, this commendable gesture by Mr President was not only spectacular but indeed remarkable and a mark of honour to the science community, particularly the community of space practice in Nigeria and Africa.
The acting Director General therefore assured both the President and the Honourable Minister of the irrevocable commitment of the management and staff of the space Agency towards the successful implementation and realisation of the Nigeria Space Agenda in line with its road map for the socio-economic development of the country.
Dr Felix Ale,
Head, Media and Corporate Communications.