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
“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”,
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.