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)