His Excellency, President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, GCFR
Inauguration of the National Space Council
Abuja. June 11, 2013
It is a great pleasure for me to be with you all today as we formally inaugurate the National Space Council.
2. Two years ago, that is 2011, our nation’s space programme witnessed unprecedented developments. It was a year in which some of the major objectives which informed the establishment of the National Space and Development Agency were accomplished.
3. Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen, I refer in particular to the mandate to develop satellite technology for various applications; operationalise indigenous space systems for providing space services; and the launch of satellites.
4. The year 2011 saw the launch of two earth observation satellites one of which, NigeriaSat-X, was designed and built by Nigerian engineers and scientists. This is a feat worthy of celebration!
5. The National Space Council is the apex body charged with the responsibility of developing policy guidelines for our activities in Space. It also has the vital role of monitoring the implementation of the National Space Programme.
6. In reiterating our Administration’s unwavering commitment to the actualisation of the definitive goal of our space programme, I would like to charge the members of the Space Council to evolve ways of enabling the country maximally benefit from our huge investments in the development of space technology.
7. Given the critical place of space technology in the areas of national security, communications, industrialisation and sustained socio-economic development, the critical need to properly structure and drive our national space programme cannot be over-emphasised. This informs why our Administration has constituted this Council with high calibre membership.
8. Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen, we must evolve clear cut initiatives that will not only fast-track our industrialisation process, but one that will also see us, within the shortest possible period, able to build our own motor vehicles, our own boats, and our own aircraft; and of course, launch our own satellite manufactured in Nigeria from a launch site in Nigeria on a launch vehicle made in Nigeria.
9. This is a challenge not only to the members of the Council, but to all Nigerians. We should rededicate ourselves to building a better, technologically advanced, stable and prosperous Nigeria for our children.
10. I thank all the members of the National Space Council for accepting to serve the Fatherland. While congratulating you, I wish to charge you to work hard to justify the confidence which the nation has invested in you by bringing all your worthy attributes to bear on the discharge of this national assignment. You can be assured of the full support of the Federal Government at all times.
11. Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen, it is now my pleasure to formally inaugurate the National Space Council to the glory of God, and the accelerated growth and enduring development of our nation.
12. Thank you.