NASRDA speaks of honoring satellite pioneers
According to the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA), a collaboration with the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) will be done to honor engineers who designed Nigeria’s first satellite, Nigeria Sat-1, by naming streets in the territory after them.
Dr. Halilu Shaba, the Director-General of NASRDA announced at the exhibition some quick-win projects developed by the agency’s Centre for Satellite Technology Development (CSTD) in Abuja, on Wednesday.
The exhibited project includes a Tubesat, Unmanned Ground Vehicle(UGV), Low-Frequency Satellite Receiver, Attitude Determination and Control System for Application in Micro-Satellite and S-Band Signal Filtration for a Low Earth Orbit (LEO)Ground Station.
To facilitate the indigenous design and development of satellites in the country, projects, as components of satellites, were designed.
Shaba also noted that streets named the engineers was a way of compensating them for using their talents for the country, as well as to encourage other young engineers to understand that there was prestige in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
Mr. Shaba also announced that 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 comes 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 recognized.”
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 publicize the activities of the agency and reinforce the need for science education. (NAN)