JUST IN: Nigerian government announces plan to send first civilian to space

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The Nigerian government has announced plans to send the first citizen to space.

The Director General of the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA), Dr. Mathew Adepoju, disclosed this groundbreaking development during a press conference held in Abuja on Wednesday.

Dr. Adepoju revealed that the Federal Government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Space Exploration and Research Agency (SERA) to facilitate this ambitious venture.

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The DG noted: “This collaboration, which is coming to the country, marks a significant milestone in Nigeria’s 25th anniversary of Space Exploration journey and opens new opportunities for scientific research and technological advancement.”

He added that the initiative is expected to foster technological advancements and stimulate interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) fields among young Nigerians.

According to him, it aligns with NASRDA’s long-term goals of leveraging space technology for national development and global competitiveness.

Dr. Adepoju assured that the project would be executed with the highest standards of safety and professionalism, drawing on international expertise and best practices.

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The Nigerian space program has ambitions beyond its borders, and it is hoped that bold statements – such as a manned mission – will inspire stargazers across the continent.

Nigeria already shares resources from its space assets, such as providing satellite imagery to Mali, and has supported the idea of an African Space Agency.

With an ever-increasing number of African states investing in space programs, while traditional powerhouses downsize, the continent could be the hotspot of exploration for years to come.

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