The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, says Nigeria will land its own astronaut in space before 2030.
Dr. Onu gave the assurance while in a meeting with the management team from the Defence Space Agency in Abuja.
The Minister told the agency that the Federal Government was putting all the structures in place to ensure that the dream was actualised.
“The space programme is very important for a country like Nigeria.
“The ministry will work very hard in the years ahead to strengthen all the structures of the agencies that will help us to ensure that the nation plays a role in the space,” he told the team led by the Chief of Defence Space Agency, Air Marshall Victor Udoh.
Dr Onu said the ministry would put in more efforts to ensure that all the arrangements needed were provided.
“The space is a major asset which nations like Nigeria must also be involved in for the purposes of protecting national interest”.
Responding to the Minister’s statement the Chief of Defence Space Agency, Air Marshall Victor Udoh, emphasised the need to set up a Space State Counsel that would aid the installation of a satellite for intelligence gathering.