The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Abdu Bulama promise in Abuja during a familiarization tour to the National Air Space and Research Development Agency, NASRDA and National Biotechnology Development Agency, NABDA that Nigeria will be through with the testing ground for made satellite by 2015.
The minister said the proposed construction of Assembling, Amalgamation, Testing and Design Centre, AITDC, is inevitable if Nigeria must actualize the first Made in Nigeria satellite in 2018.
He said that for Nigerian engineers at the Space centre to manufacture locally, there is need for the establishment of the centre to discourage the country from relaying on foreign satellites and technologies.
Bulama who expressed contentment with the achievements of the agency, urge the management to hunt the Assembling, Amalgamation, Testing and Design Centre, AIT project with more drive to actualize the dream by 2015.
The actualization of this project would not only ease the launching of the first made in Nigerian satellite by 2018 but will boost the nation’s economic fortunes.
“This project is so dear to us; you must put in all zeal and seriousness towards making it a reality by 2015. The establishment of the AITDC will not only fast-track the process of actualizing the dream of first made in Nigeria satellite by 2018 but will boost the economic development of the economy. Whatever it will take should not matter but let it be ready by 2015,” he charged the DG of NASRDA.