FG announces plan to send first citizen to Space

The Federal Government of Nigeria has announced plans to send a Nigerian citizen into Space for the first time.

Mathew Adepoju, the Director General of the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA), disclosed this during a press conference held in Abuja on Wednesday, June 19. 

He revealed that Nigeria has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Space Exploration and Research Agency (SERA) to facilitate this ambitious project.

He also emphasized that this collaboration signifies a major milestone in Nigeria’s 25th anniversary of space exploration, positioning the nation among countries actively engaged in human spaceflight.

“This initiative opens up new avenues for scientific research and technological advancement,” Dr. Adepoju remarked.

He further highlighted the potential of this endeavor to foster technological progress and ignite interest in STEM disciplines (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) among Nigerian youth.

The Director General reaffirmed NASRDA’s commitment to leveraging space technology for national development and enhancing global competitiveness.

Adepoju, then assured that the project would adhere to stringent safety standards and be executed with professionalism, drawing on international expertise and best practices.