Nigeria set to send first civilian on voyage to space

Nigeria’s Federal Government is set to send the first citizen to space.

The Director General, National Space Research and Development Agency, Mathew Adepoju disclosed this at a press conference in Abuja on Wednesday.

According to him, the FG signed the Memorandum of Understanding in a collaboration between NASRDA and The Space Exploration and Research Agency.

The MoU was signed by the Minister of Science, Innovation and Technology, Uche Nnaji, on behalf of the Federal Government.

The DG noted that “This collaboration, which is coming to the country, marks a significant milestone in Nigeria’s 25th anniversary of Space Exploration journey and opens new opportunities for scientific research and technological advancement.”

” The agreement aims at advancing Nigeria’s space programme and creating opportunities for civilians to travel to space”, he said.

Adepoju emphasised the need to start creating awareness about space technology from primary through tertiary education levels.

An astronaut with SERA,  Victor Hisfanha,engaged with students from various schools in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), sharing insights about his space travel experience.

Hisfanha encouraged the students to take advantage of the opportunities provided by NASRDA, saying that the burgeoning space economy could help them realise their dreams of traveling to space.


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