Fg Denies Seeking Uk Aid For Space Programme

The National Space Research and Development Agency, NASRDA, an agency of the

Federal Government has says denied reports that Nigeria received any financial grant

from the United Kingdom for its space programmes.

Director General of NASRDA, Dr. Seidu Mohammed who disclosed this in Abuja today

aslo debunked a claim that the country has approached UK for space grants.

He however acknowledged that Nigeria and a UK based satellite company, SSTL, entered

a partnership in 2002 to build and launch Nigeriasat-1, Nigeriasat-2 and Nigeriasat-X

noting that the partnership agreement should never be miscontrued for a grant by the UK

to Nigeria.

“NASRDA has not at any time received financial aid or grant from the UK for space

programme, besides the existing cordial relationship established with Surrey Satellite

Technology Limited (SSTL), a UK based company, in our quest for the utilization of

space and science technology for the socio-economic development of our nation. Let

me say point blank here that the partnership has been purely on a commercial basis”,

Mohammed said.

The NASRDA boss further stressed that the country has been reaping bountifully from

its satellites, adding that such claims that Nigeria received grant for its space programme

was meant to distract the country from its space technology advancement drive.

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