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NASRDA To Host 2021 Space Dialogue, National Media Conference

The director-general, National Space Research and Development Agency, Dr. Halilu Shaba.
The director-general, National Space Research and Development Agency, Dr. Halilu Shaba.

The National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) is set to host the 2021 edition of the agency’s Space Dialogue and National Media Conference on Space Science and Technology.

The conference, to be hosted by NASRDA under the leadership of its director-general, Dr. Halilu Shaba, on December 2, 2021, is themed “Effective Utilisation, Promotion and Reporting of Space Science, Technology and innovations in post-COVID-19 Era” and will be declared open by the Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu while the Commandant, National Defence College, Rear Admiral Bamidele Daji, will be the keynote speaker.

The 2021 edition of the conference will be the first to be presided over by Shaba, since his appointment as director-general of the space agency

Also, the conference will feature some research works and activities by some directors of the agency’s centre of excellence, in line with the theme of the conference.

The NASRDA boss has received accolades from numerous stakeholders in the community of space practice for the effective handling of his assignments since the assumption of office, particularly his dedication and commitment towards excellence and successful drive in the actualisation of various objectives and mandates of the agency.

Shaba opined that the 2021 edition of the space dialogue and national media conference is significant and strategic as the world is still grappling with post- COVID-19 challenges. Hence, the need for effective reporting of relevant scientific discoveries and innovations that could engender positive impacts, as well as make lives better for humanity.

He said the space agency is focusing on these critical areas of global interest as its theme for the 2021 edition in fulfilment of part of its mandates on the attainment of space capabilities and the enhancement of the quality of life of mankind through space-related research and development, capacity building in the field of science, engineering and administration for sustainable national development.

The NASRDA helmsman said that advances in space science and technology have led to unprecedented and rapid access to vast amounts of data on societies, the economy and the environment, pointing out that in keeping up with this development, governments, organisations and citizens across the globe are currently in the new state of experimentation, innovation and adaptation.

According to him, both data revolution and technological innovation have great potentials to tackle key issues and challenges in human society for healthy living and radical development in all ramifications.

Shaba explained that the 2021 edition of space dialogue promises to be very engaging as well as generates robust discussions for the good of the country and the overall benefits of the people.

The NASRDA boss, therefore, assured that the space agency will continue to do its best to justify its crucial roles as a strategic government establishment for socio-economic development.

A statement by the agency’s head, media and corporate communications, Dr. Felix Ale, said some state governors, stakeholders from ministries, departments, agencies, military, para-military as well as science editors and correspondents across various media organisations in the country are expected to grace the event.

Alex Apeh
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