By Sumaila Ogbaje, Abuja.
The Minister of Defence, retired Maj.-Gen. Bashir Magashi, has solicited more funding for satellite space technology to enhance operational capacity of the Nigerian Armed Forces.
Magashi, who was represented by the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Lucky Irabor, made the call on Tuesday in Abuja, at the inauguration of operational facilities for the Defence Space Administration (DSA).
The minister stressed that satellite and space technology remained key to increasing the capacity of the armed forces and enhancing their operations across the country.
He also called for the protection of the nation’s investments in satellite and space technology, so as to enjoy the full spectrum of its benefits.
Magashi commended the DSA for the technical expertise it had continued to exhibit, urging them to work more and build more capacity.
The Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, in his goodwill message, said that Nigeria’s satellite space project would aid the military and other security agencies, in their efforts to combat the menace of insecurity bedeviling the country.
He underscored the need for more collaboration between the armed forces in protecting critical national assets across the country.
In his remarks, the Chief of Defence Administration, Rear Admiral Nnamdi Muogilim, said that the project, which was the first of its kind, would support the operations of the armed forces in addressing insecurity in the country.
He said that the objective was to create a robust indigenous space competence, capable of producing and utilising space assets to meet the operational requirements of the military and other security agencies.
He said that the DSA was committed to supporting the armed forces and other security agencies with relevant space products and solutions that were essential for the conduct of operations in space and wartime, in line with the national space policy.
Highlights of the event were the inauguration of DELSAT-1, Project and Access Control and Surveillance Building, Satellite Ground Station and road network, among others.