The director-general of the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA), Dr. Halilu Shaba has emphasised the need for a formidable legal framework for effective implementation of the Nigeria Space Programme.
He made this assertion during the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the space agency and a legal outfit, Olisa Agbakoba Legal (OAL) at NASRDA headquarters in Abuja.
Shaba commended the efforts of the law firm in promoting the interest of the agency and described the event as a symbolic exchange to ensure that the impact of the Nigerian space programme is felt by the people.
He said the agency is committed to abiding by the principles of the agreement, saying there is no better time than the present to deploy collaborative efforts towards achieving such desirable objectives for the benefit of Nigerians.
Also, Shaba appreciated the fact that a legal firm of this magnitude is involved in advocacy and the sensitisation of NASRDA’s activities which, according to him, will go a long way in making the Nigerian space agency the hub of the African space industry.
In his remarks, the leader of the delegation and head of arbitration, OAL, Dr. Olisa Agbakoba expressed satisfaction with NASRDA’s commitment to the signing of the MoU which will protect Nigeria’s space programme.
The human rights activist further stated that the collaboration established between both parties is aimed at ensuring a very effective space programme for the country that can keep pace with international best standards.
Agbakoba congratulated NASRDA on the presidential pronouncement about its activities which was recently gazette. He called it a “giant stride that will go a long way in propelling the space industry to greater heights”, as he has been sharing the idea with inventors and they are excited and willing to come aboard.
He, therefore, advocated for partnership with institutions in the private sector and investment institutions, to provide formidable platforms for sponsorship of the Nigerian space programme.