|Regional Coordinator||National Point of Contact|
|Suki Dauda Sule
Aug 2014-Aug 2016
Sep 2013-Sep 2015
A hearty welcome to the SGAC Nigeria page!
Nigeria is currently consolidating its space program with plans to bolster and implement the 25 year roadmap. The much awaited inauguration of the National Space Council chaired by the President and the Vice-President serving as vice-chairman took place on the 11th of June, 2013 where presidential support for the space science and technology development in the country was affirmed. The space programme 25 year roadmap is as follows:
Goal: To develop, build and launch a Nigerian made satellite from Nigerian soil by 2030
- 2011 Launch of NigeriaSat2&X
- 2015 Training of Nigerian Astronaut & Launch of AstroSAR satellite
- 2018 Development of Made in Nigeria Satellite
- 2025 Development of Rocketry/Propulsion Systems
- 2026 Spin-off of Allied Industries
- 2028 Large Scale Commercialisation
- 2030 Launch of Nigerian made satellites from Nigerian Launch Pad on Nigerian Soil
The Nigerian government has announced that preparations for the selection and training of an Nigerian astronaut would commence hopefully before the end of the year 2013. Similiarly, plans are also underway for the launch of a Nigerian owned synthetic aperture radar (SAR) satellite by 2015 in accordance with the next phase of the roadmap.
Young Space Activities Overview in Nigeria
With the recent appointment of two new National Points of Contact (NPoCs) by the executive council, activities are expected to receive a much needed boost by carrying on from the great work of the previous NPoCs. Already space awareness seminars have been re-introduced for students and young professionals within the country’s space agency, the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA). This practice is expected to be sustained and be expanded to other sectors such as tertiary institutions, primary and secondary schools.
Country Specific Events in 2014
So far in the year 2014, SGAC Nigeria wishes to share with you the success of the Yuri’s Night events that were held in the country.
In Abuja, the nation’s capital, a space outreach event was held for primary and secondary school students on the 1st of April, 2014 at the headquarters office of the Nigerian space agency, NASRDA (National Space Research & Development Agency). SGAC Nigeria collaborated with NASRDA to host the event which had over 80 students from 8 different schools and featured a space crossword puzzle competition for the primary school kids and a space quiz for the secondary students. The students were also treated to educational space presentations, video clips and a question and answer session where they pleasantly demonstrated an understanding and passion for all the space stuff they listened to or watched. A couple of corporate sponsors were on hand to take care of the students’ refreshments as well which they were clearly happy about! We have some pictures posted here from the Abuja event.
Meanwhile in the south western part of Nigeria at Ile Ife, Osun State, SGAC Nigeria also collaborated with one of the NASRDA centres, ARCSSTE-E to host a Yuri’s Night event for the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) community. The event was wholly sponsored by the African Regional Centre for Space Science and Technology Education in English (ARCSSTE-E). The programme started at about 6.30 p.m showing documentaries of Yuri’s first space flight and other related space exploration video clips. This was followed by an educative presentation on space exploration, introduction to SGAC and CSSTE Space club. The evening also presented the audience with an opportunity to view the night sky and about 70% of the audience did so. Then the movie ‘GRAVITY’ was shown to the enjoyment and excitement of all amidst eating and drinking. The evening was concluded with dancing and interaction with the organizers. It was an educative, informative and fun-filled night. It was a successful programme and quite a number of students indicated interest in joining the SGAC network. Here are some pictures from the Ife event.
Also, some members took part in the NASA Space Apps challenge which took place in Lagos and Calabar, 12th – 14th of April, in which the app of a member won the runner up at the Alpha 5 category.
We will keep you updated with more events coming from the SGAC Nigeria. Stay tuned!
Country Specific Events in 2013
- Symposium on Space Weather & Space Based Technologies. January 2013. Abuja. Keynote speaker was Prof. Christine Amory from France.
- Space Weather Seminar and Training held at Bells University, Ota. February, 2013
- Women in Physics Conference held at Covenant University, Ota. May 2013
- CSTD Week 21-22 August.Abuja. Centre for Satellite Technology Development 2 day workshop with Theme: Achieving Space Benefits via Corporate Partnerships
- NASRDA Press Briefing 23 August. Abuja. Commemoration of maiden communications satellite Syncom 2 phone conversation between US President Kennedy & Nigerian Prime Minister Tafawa Balewa on 23/8/1963
- World Space Week. 1st Week of October. Abuja.
- Astronomy Summer School/Workshop for West Africa. 21-25 October. NASRDA Hqtrs. Abuja. A five day Astronomy Summer School/Workshop for students and teachers from West Afric
Interesting Web Links for the Young Generation in Nigeria