There is likely to be an urgent replacement for some of Nigeria’s satellites in orbit, which are no longer useful. This is how the National Council for Science, Technology and Innovation (NCSTI) has called for the immediate start of construction and the launch of NigeriaSat-3 and NigeriaSat-1 to replace the Nigeriasat-2 and NigeriaSat-x that have survived their useful life.
The Council also highlighted the need for an urgent take-off of the National Research and Innovation Fund (NRIF).
The call was contained in the recommendations made at the 18th meeting of the National Council for Science, Technology and Innovation (NCSTI) held at the Council for Research and Development of Raw Materials (RMRDC), Maitama, Abuja, with the theme: Using science, technology, and innovation for post-COVID-19 socio-economic recovery and sustainability.
The meeting, chaired by the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Mr. Edet Sunday Akpan, was also attended by the permanent secretaries in charge of Science and Technology from the 36 states of the federation.
The technical session featured the president’s opening remarks, the consideration and adoption of the minutes of the 17th NCST, as well as the presentation of 169 memoranda of which 120 were for the Council’s note taking, while 44 were for the Council approval.
The Recommendations of the Technical Committee were presented to the Council at its meeting chaired by the Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu and assisted by his Minister of State, Barr. Mohammed Abdullahi and the Minister of Information and Culture, Alh. Lai Mohammed, representative of the regional director, UNESCO, Dr. Enang Moma and permanent secretaries of the State Ministries in charge of Science and Technology and Ministries.