June 19, 2024

Nigeria to send 1st African Astronaut to the moon

Nigeria to send 1st African Astronaut to the moon

By Emmanuel Elebeke

Nigeria is set to send her first Astronaut to the moon. This was confirmed at the official signing of Memorandum of Understanding, MoU between Nigeria and a Brazilian company, Space Exploration  and Research Agency, SERA in Abuja on Monday.

The MoU provides Nigeria the opportunity of choosing her best candidate and send to the  first Africa Astronaut to the moon without bearing about $10,000 cost before the next of the year.

The Sponsor company, SERA said it aims to democratize the process by throwing the entry open to all Nigerians, irrespective of professional back ground and would allow Nigerians to choose by themselves the best contestant to represent them in the next global competitive space exploration sojourn.

Speaking ay the ceremony, the Minister of Innovation, Science, and Technology, Chief Uche Nnaji said the plan aligns with the Renewed Hope Agenda of the Present administration which aims to attain the goal of the 25-year roadmap approved in 2005 for the implementation of the National Space Policy Program, which projected to send Nigeria’s first human  space flight in 2018, which is now six years behind schedule.

He said the occasion could not have come at a better time because Human Space  flight had been a key objective for Nigeria, hence the approval of the National Space Policy and Program, NSPP by the Federal Executive Council, FEC in 2001.