Nigeria’s National Centre for Remote Sensing (NCRS) Jos, is to construct an Advanced Space Technology Application Laboratory (ASTAL) at the Federal University, Ndufu Alike, in Ikwo Local Government Area of Ebonyi State.
Director General of NCRS, Effron Gajere said, the centre would cover the south east zone of the country as he was in the institution to ascertain its readiness for the project.
“We are saddled with the responsibility of providing remote sensing in Nigeria and we have established such in 2011 at the University of Uyo, Akwa Ibom state.
He noted that Uyo centre would serve the south-south zone as the laboratory when completed in FUNAI, will serve the tertiary institutions and relevant government agencies in the south east zone.
“It would solve environmental challenges such as urban, disaster and flood management and I enjoin the university management quickly ensure that a temporary office is opened for our staff,” he said.
Gajere urged the institution’s management to provide a land where the laboratory would be built
Prof. Chinedum Nwajiuba, Vice Chancellor of the university thanked the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology for choosing the institution out of several others for the project.
He said, “We are open to other governmental agencies and private organizations for investment, partnership and collaboration in mutual benefiting and rewarding areas.
He urged the DG of the centre to use his office in ensuring that the laboratory building plan takes cognizance of Ebonyi’s tropical nature for its durability.
The DG was accompanied on the visit by the Director of Strategic Space Applications in the Nigeria Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) Dr Halilu Ahmad.