The Minister of Innovation, Science and Technology, Chief Uche Nnaji has announced plans for significant advancements in the field of space economy through one of its agencies, the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA), aimed at fostering Nigeria’s socio-economic development.
During a courtesy visit by the local organising committee for the World Space Economy Conference, led by Osi Imomoh in Abuja, the minister emphasised the ministry’s commitment to working collaboratively with various organisations, including the World Bank, European Space Agency, Federal Ministry of Communication and Digital Economy, United Nations (Office for Outer Space Affairs) and the African Development Bank, to realise its objectives.
Nnaji assured the committee of the ministry’s dedicated efforts to achieve significant milestones and ensure the success of the conference, scheduled for October 16 to 20, 2023.
Imomoh, highlighted that the conference aims to stimulate innovations that will attract inventors and innovators to Nigeria, thus positioning the country as a hub for tourists. He underscored that the conference’s objective is to bring together scientists and inventors in sectors critically dependent on space-based services to explore space economy practices and applications in Africa.
Imomoh added that the conference will provide a platform for innovators, startups, and inventors, both within and outside Africa, to expand their involvement and partnerships in the global space economy.
In a statement signed by the deputy director of press and public relations at the ministry, Atuora Obed, Imomoh emphasised that the conference represents an opportunity for advancing African participation in the global space economy, fostering innovation and economic growth.