Nigerian astronaut will be in space by 2030 – Minister

Dr. Christopher Ogbonnanya Onu, Minister of Science and Technology

The Minister of Science and Technology, Ogbonnaya Onu, on Thursday in Abuja, said a Nigerian astronaut would land in space on or before 2030.

Mr. Onu made the pledge when the management team of the Defence Space Agency, led by the Director-General, Victor Udoh, an Air Vice Marshal, visited him.

The minister said the Federal Government was putting all the structures on ground to ensure that Nigerian astronauts landed in space on or before 2030.

“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 said.

He said the ministry would intensify efforts to ensure that all the arrangements needed were provided.

According to him, the space “is a major asset which nations like Nigeria must also be involved in for the purposes of protecting national interest”.

Mr. Onu assured the team that the ministry would support and work with the agency in the best interest of the nation.

Earlier, the Director-General said the agency would like to collaborate with the ministry in order to be more efficient and effective.

He said working with the ministry would fast-track accomplishments of the agency’s stated objectives. (NAN)


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  • Sir Louis

    What Nigerians need first and foremost is electric light, potable water, sanitation, good roads across the country, jobs for the youth and factories to produce goods and reduce imports, decent housing for the people as well as the removal of the slum areas that litter most parts of the country!

    • Paul Young

      true. But thats short term. We have to look at long term too. But i absolutely agree with you. Face the pressing needs first before the luxury

  • jollyfella

    2030 may be feasible if the right infrastructure is adequately emplaced as well as due human capacity development. Space technology is not a tea party affair. So we need to focus on the elementary needfuls to achieve this feat.

  • Isi Agwo

    The only way for a Nigerian to get to space in 2030 is as an illegal immigrant or as a refugee running from his/her father’s second wife “planning to eliminate” him/her.

  • Yusuf

    that will be a great achievement, after producing pencil in 2020

  • Mr X

    If you ask him how, i bet he will be clueless. Govt officials like giving dates without any logical path to achieving it. I remember in 1990 when government promised education for all by year 2000, 16 years after……………………………….

  • Du Covenant

    While it is good to dream big, Nigerians lack the discipline to undertake such a feat!. An astronaut of Nigerian extraction may be there first with the help of other nations so let us not deceive ourselves. Let us concentrate on making sure the basics function here on earth first e.g. our refineries, power generation/supply, healthcare, education, agriculture etc. These examples just show how incapable we are in doing anything as serious as space exploration.

  • okenwa

    Kindly tell us what you can do while in office and not what will happen after your death. Traitor.

    • Paul Young

      Are you the one that wants to kill him before 2030? Or maybe you don’t know maths as you heard 2030 you assumed it is 100 years away. Well it is only 14 years away my guy

  • Julius

    hahahahahaha, I thought that all of us ,Nigerians are already in space !

  • shola

    To discover TOOTHPICK OR THE SOLAR SYSTEM or a new haven for looted treasury?

  • FreeNigeria

    Oga minister, what are going there for? To fix lights issue we currently don’t have? Fix our roads that are death traps? Build hospitals? Send your fellow corrupt politicians there on exile? Or start refining our crude oil there? Please stop building castle in the air.

  • Daniel

    Tackle electricity first. Empty and cheap talk.

  • ayo

    Typical boasting from a clueless ruling elite. Why not take a step at a time like by 2030 build and export bio fuel vehicles or develop our own micro chip for export..Yeye dey smell….Nigerian in space ko Nigerian in Mars ni….Awon oloshi….Awon olorun

  • abodes_124

    Great prediction. Could the relevant ministers please predict if will have food sufficiency by 2030 or that we will be generating up to 20 MW of electricity by then

  • Guest

    Wow! What a bunch of optimist you lots are….Debbie Downers.