The Deputy Minister of Technical and Higher Education of the Republic of Sierra Leone, Honourable Sarjoh Aziz – Hamara has lauded the achievements recorded by Nigeria in the space science and technology sector. 

He made the remark today during a visit to the headquarters of National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) in Abuja.

The Deputy Minister, who was conducted around various facilities at the Space Agency by the Director General Dr. Halilu Ahmad Shaba described Space Science and Technology as key to the development of science, technology and innovation in any country. 

 Honorable Aziz -Hamara explained that the success recorded by the National Space Research and Development Agency is not only heartwarming but highly commendable and worthy of emulation. 

He said the Republic of Sierra Leone has a lot to learn from Nigeria in the area of its space programme and policy; hence, no stone will be left unturned to facilitate a collaboration between the two countries in this novel area, which he described as critical to the social, political, and economic development of any nation. 

The Deputy Minister congratulated the Director General and the entire management and staff of the Space Agency for doing Nigeria proud, saying that the noble and glorious achievements of the Agency are indeed a source of pride for the continent. 

On Nigeria Science, Technology, and Innovation Television (NSTItv), Honourable Aziz-Hamara described it as a commendable initiative and strategic, pointing out that Nigeria and indeed Africa require such a media platform to promote technology and innovation on the continent. 

The Director General National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) Dr. Halilu Ahmad Shaba expressed delight in the visit, saying it will no doubt remain a historic moment in the history of the Agency. 

He highlighted the numerous achievements of the agency, emphasizing that the agency is not relenting in its efforts towards the successful implementation of its space roadmap for the overall benefit of Nigerians. 

Dr. Shaba explained that the people of Nigeria and Sierra Leone have a lot in common, assuring that the Space Agency is always willing to assist and collaborate in the area of Space Science and Technology development, particularly with any country in Africa and across the globe.

The Honourable Deputy Minister was later conducted around on a facility tour of the ground stations for NigeriaSat 2 and NigeriaSat X, Grid 3 project and advanced laboratories, as well as some other critical project laboratories in the Strategic Space Applications department of the Space Agency. 

Below are some pictures taken during the visit

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