Nigeria and the Indian Government have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the usage and exploration of the outer space. The signing of the MoU took place on Thursday 14th of August 2020 during a virtual meeting at the headquarters of the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology in Abuja.
This MoU is expected to build up India-Nigeria collaboration especially with a focus on space science, planetary exploration, ground stations, development of micro and mini satellites and joint space research and development.also said that this MoU will further enhance India’s capacity-building assistance to Nigeria.
Muraleedharanin a tweet said:’ I’m glad to join Hon’ble Minister Dr Ogbonnaya Onu(Minister for Science and Technology Nigeria) in the signing ceremony of India-Nigeria MoU on Space Cooperation. Nigeria is our close friend & largest trading partner in Africa. This MoU is another milestone in India-Nigeria relations’.
ISRO Scientific Secretary, Umamaheswaran was also present through video link from ISRO Headquarters in Bengaluru, the statement said: Over the last 12 years, 49 Nigerian nationals have attended various short-term ITEC (Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation) courses in India in the fields of Remote Sensing, GIS and Geoinformatics, conducted by the Indian Institute of Remote Sensing, Dehradun; Geological Survey of India Training Institute, Hyderabad; and Centre for Development of Advanced Computing, Noida.
The Memorandum envisages India-Nigeria collaboration in space science, planetary exploration, ground stations, development of micro and mini satellites and joint space research and development.
“It provides for capacity building assistance by ISRO, exchange of scientific know-how, exchanges between academic institutes and joint symposiums/conferences. Cooperation in remote sensing, communications and navigation will benefit Nigeria in the fields of forestry, environment, agriculture, mining, watershed development and connectivity,” it added.