The Astronomical Society of Nigeria (ASN) has conferred on the Director General, National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) Dr. Halilu Ahmad Shaba a prestigious award of Fellowship, the highest and important honour in the field of astronomy and space science.

The conferment took place at the opening ceremony of the 13th National Conference and Annual General Meeting of the Astronomical Society of Nigeria 2023, with the theme: Astronomy and Space Science/Technology Education and Research in Nigeria. Addressing local and global needs at NASRDA’s headquarters in Abuja.

Dr. Shaba, in his appreciation for the prestigious fellowship awards conferred on him, acknowledged the weight of responsibility that accompanies such an honour, saying that to whom much is given, much is desired.

He affirmed that this notable recognition motivates him to do more, saying that he is more inspired to foster innovation, collaboration, and education in the realm of astronomy.

Dr. Shaba further reaffirmed his commitment to the growth and actualization of astronomy in Nigeria and promised to build upon the accomplishments that led to his deserving the Fellowship Award.

The NASRDA Boss said the Agency will work in collaboration with the Astronomical Society of Nigeria to explore new horizons and inspire the next generation of space scientists.

In his welcome address, the President of the Society Professor Anyaegbunam Ubachukwu emphasized that the Fellowship Award, which is one of the highest honours by the Astronomical Society of Nigeria, is a testament to Dr. Shaba’s exemplary leadership and visionary contributions to the promotion of astronomy and space science in the country.

He also attests to the fact that the NASRDA Boss style of leadership and dedication to the advancement of space science and technology have significantly contributed to positioning Nigeria on the global map of astronomical achievements.

The Keynote Speaker and Director Centre for Satellite Technology Development (CSTD), Dr. Sadiq Umar gave a brief account of the Space Agency, with a focus on its formative stage and historic accomplishments.

According to him, the Space Agency was established with the mandate of using space capabilities for the socio-economic development of the country.

Dr. Umar, who noted that the Agency has successfully launched six satellites into orbit with specific responsibilities ranging from Earth Observation to Surveillance and Education purposes said that the numerous accomplishments of the Space Agency are predicated on the promotion of capacity building which according to him, has helped to groom experts who are willing to contribute their quota in the development of space science and technology.

Below are pictures from the event for your viewing pleasure.

Joy Opaluwa
Media and Corporate Communications.

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