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The Making of NigeriaSAT-X by Nigerian Engineers (Photo by NASRDA)

A lot of us have never heard of the Nigerian National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA), Nigeria’s space program.

In an interview with CNN, the director general of NASRDA, S. O. Mohammed, discusses his plans, and why the space program is important.

“We have always said… the Nigerian space program is not going to be an ego trip,” he begins.

“We are not part of the race for the moon, we’re not part the race for Mars. What we need to look at is using the space program to look at how we can create typical Nigerian solutions to most of our problems.”

Mohammed wants a locally designed and built satellite by 2018, the launch of a satellite from the Nigerian territory by 2030, and, after that, Mohammed wants Nigeria to put a man on the moon.

Of course, there are several questions plaguing his plans. What’s the point of a satellite program in a country with 70% of its population living below the poverty line? What’s the point of having a man on the moon more than 60 years after the U.S did it?

But Mohammed lists the benefits of Nigeria’s existing 3 satellite programs: the documentation of the regional climate change patterns, updating of the country’s maps, and tracking the movements of terrorist group Boko Haram.

Next on Mohammed’s list is the launching of a Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR), a satellite capable of penetrating cloud coverage.

This financial year, NASRDA has been granted $20 million, but needs $65 million more to launch its next satellite.

The money will be put to good use, Mohammed says.

Read the full interview HERE.

Photo CreditNASRDA


  1. Preye

    October 26, 2017 at 12:29 pm

    Can we have a simple and permanent electricity first ?

    • Wale Vintage

      October 26, 2017 at 8:07 pm

      exactly…can you imagine nepa taking light half way to space, lol?

    • Fleur

      October 26, 2017 at 10:33 pm

      WHY DO YOU NEED NEPA? You have obviously not heard of the new innovation called systems control without electricity???.

  2. keke driver

    October 26, 2017 at 12:48 pm

    Biko which moon? OYO

  3. Miss Anoni Moss

    October 26, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    Whoever that man is should just respect himself and remain on earth because Nigeria has not finished taking care of those on earth how much more the moon, they will just abandon him there claiming they have not passed budget to bring him back ?

    • Tomi

      October 26, 2017 at 2:19 pm

      “They will just abandon him there claiming they have not passed budget to bring him back ”
      Lmaoooo!!! I am literally laughing out loud!

    • Dainty

      October 26, 2017 at 3:57 pm

      Lmao….. Your comment though.
      The budget part really got me cracking up

    • King bae

      October 26, 2017 at 5:02 pm

      I concur LMAO!!! Too funny.

    • Chi

      October 27, 2017 at 3:44 pm

      Oh my days… Laughing my head off…….

  4. Tri.

    October 26, 2017 at 12:57 pm

    The ridiculousness of his statement is offensive to the citizens of this country, some of who are not even certain of their next meal.
    How about first trying to profer solutions to tackle the basics needs of her citizens before thinking of building a space shuttle to put a Nigerian on the moon when we haven’t attempted building electronic cars – considering petroleum powered cars will be extinct soon.
    By the way, can NASRDA give account of previous budget allocations? I don’t think weather prediction and supposedly tracking BH . Are what the expensive ass satellite we built for.

    • Mz Socally Awkward.....

      October 27, 2017 at 11:33 am

      Agreed re putting a man on the moon, but I’m siding with Mr. Mohammed on the benefits of starting and launching our satellites as soon as possible.

      We need to take early advantage of space satellite programs and we need them to start harnessing essential data for the agricultural sector as one example (food security is still a major worry for us). Mapping weather and climate change will greatly assist farmers and even urban/regional agencies in pre-planning for threatened floods, etc (God forbid that hurricanes should ever land on our doorsteps).

      Now, even as I support that part of his argument, I realise that the wahala comes when the govt has all the data on their fingertips but someone has looted the budget for carrying out the actions.?

      Or ethnic sentiments won’t allow every region benefit. ?

      Regardless, Nigeria needs to strengthen its space program and soon.

  5. Fried Pant

    October 26, 2017 at 1:05 pm

    Biko put coal tar on our roads first before you come and go and corrupt the moon.
    Next thing u will hear now is dat they are using 2018 budget for the project.
    Ninesense and ingredients !

  6. Anon

    October 26, 2017 at 1:09 pm

    Is it April Fools Day today? Jokers!

  7. Yellow sun

    October 26, 2017 at 3:06 pm

    Do we have light for all these a activities..lmfaoooo moon kor.. .Jupiter ni

  8. o

    October 26, 2017 at 3:36 pm

    No love on these streets ?????????

  9. Moniker

    October 26, 2017 at 3:55 pm

    I will forever be grateful to be called a Nigerian. We have everything it takes to be happy. Moon? Misplaced priorities. But big ups in your white elephant project

  10. Cher

    October 26, 2017 at 6:00 pm

    The same Nigeria that doesn’t have constant light or an accurate population count . Abeg ?


    October 26, 2017 at 6:05 pm

    Those in charge of the program will embezzle the money allocated for the project, whereby the scapegoats will eventually be abandoned and left to perish on the moon if successful. I certainly hope Nigeria will install video cameras on the made in Nigeria space shuttle, so that we can all watch them, take their last breath on the moon.. This shouldn’t be a priority for Nigeria right now. Nigeria needs to use all this money to take care of all the pressing needs of our internally displaced people. A word is enough for the wise. I’m just saying.

  12. Papacy

    October 26, 2017 at 6:09 pm

    Shey you guys know the satellites we sent into space a few years ago are alleged to be missing…in space…now. let. that. sink. in.

  13. TrueTalk

    October 26, 2017 at 6:29 pm

    Abi today na April 1st?

  14. ADE

    October 26, 2017 at 7:35 pm

    How about just feeding your 180 million citizens first? How about truthfully finding out how many are we sef? Should I go on?

  15. Jennietobbie

    October 26, 2017 at 10:06 pm

    Just here for the comments and I was not disappointed ?????

  16. Very Concerned!

    October 26, 2017 at 10:24 pm

    The joke in the excerpt reads “this financial year, NASRDA has been granted $20 million, but needs $65 million more to launch its next satellite. The money will be put to good use, Mohammed says”. Really???

    Nigeria and good use or accountability should never be used in the same sentence. It is obvious this is another pink elephant project to make some public sector quasi-scientists feed fat for doing nothing. It is rather insulting to many suffering Nigerians how someone actually looked others in the eyes and convinced them. At this very sensitive point in the nation’s well-being, unrealistic fantasy should never be news. How are about our government ensuring that public sector workers and pensioners are paid promptly?

  17. Very Concerned!

    October 26, 2017 at 10:25 pm

    Correction; meant “how about”

  18. Mz Socally Awkward.....

    October 27, 2017 at 11:38 am

    B.N, i don’t know if it’s the amount of background scripts constantly running on your site or any other reason but it’s so difficult to load pages or even use comment boxes lately.

  19. Zoro

    October 27, 2017 at 7:13 pm

    Leave it to the African race, una no even wan compete, Americans have already shown the whole world what’s on the moon with 1000s of data to learn from. These wat happens when mediocrity is choosen over intelligence. Give us 24/7 light first!

  20. Kelvin Haywhy

    October 31, 2017 at 4:28 pm

    I hereby volunteer myself to be going to the moon.
    I know it’s risky but it would be fun

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