By Emma Elebeke
The 2013 CSTD Week has ended in Abuja, with stakeholders in the space science and technology industry urging for a stronger collaboration among major players in the industry that would aid easy actualization of indigenous capability to design, fabricate, test and launch of a space systems in Nigeria.
The two day event, entitled: Achieving the Benefits of Space via Corporate Partnership, was organised by Centre for Satellite Technology Development, CSTD.
It is an annual event which provides platform for the Centre to meet policy makers, government agencies, private sector, academia, engineering and science community to brainstorm on possible areas of collaboration, towards the maximum utilization of the country’s space assets for sustainable development and economic growth.
The conference also explored the benefits that could be accrued through long lasting partnerships with both public and private organizations and how to strengthen the existing bonds for commercialization of research findings, development and educational purposes.
Some of the topics discussed at the conference include: telecommunications and navigation; security and monitoring operations; education and workforce; energy and environment; emergency and disaster relief; remote sensing and GIS; policy regulatory roles in telecommunications and commerce, banking, public-private partnerships.
Participants at the occasion reasoned that taking an in-depth exploration of the technical, regulatory, economic and marketing issues affecting the satellite industry for current and planned services will help in charting the way forward towards achieving greater heights.
Chief Executive of CSTD, Dr. Spencer Onuh, in his welcome address said that the workshop became necessary as it would stir a solid interaction between government and corporate bodies and academia to establish a firm relationship between various sectors.
Dr. Onuh said the center was prepared and can boast of highly skilled man power that can be mobilized to actualize the dream of manufacturing satellites locally in the country, and called on government to provide the enabling environment.
“CSTD is ready to indigenously design and manufacture satellites in Nigeria if challenged with the right climate of operations. It might interest you to know that one of the countries engineers and scientists that were trained in SSTL along with our engineers and scientists have successfully designed and manufacture satellite in their own country,” he said.