The National Space Research and Development Agency of Nigeria (NASRDA), host of a UN-SPIDER Regional Support Office, has provided relevant satellite datasets for resource monitoring, socio-economic and intelligent mapping across Nigeria and other parts of the globe, as the website Leadership has reported.
The Africa Geospatial Forum, scheduled to take place in Lagos, Nigeria on 19 and 20 August 2014, had to be postponed due to the Ebola outbreak in the region, as the organizers announced: "Considering the wellbeing of our participants, exhibitors and sponsors, Geospatial Media and Communications and Lagos State Government are re-scheduling Africa Geospatial Forum to 9 - 10 December, 2014 at the same venue, when organising such a gathering will yield maximum benefits for all stakeholders involved."
The National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) is a research institutions that is under the supervision of the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology of Nigeria. The Agency was established on May 5, 1999 with the broad objective to pursue the development and application of space science and technology for the socio-economic benefits of the nation.
The Government of Nigeria through its National EmergencyManagement Agency (NEMA) requested UN-SPIDER to conduct a Technical Advisory Mission to assess the use of space-based information in disaster management in Nigeria and to identify areas of improvement in the access to this kind of information and in the capacities of working with it.
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The mission team consisted of seven experts representing the Regional Center for Training in Aerospace Surveys (RECTAS), the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the UN Country Team Nigeria and UN-SPIDER, as well as staff from the two hosting institutions, namely the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA). The latter hosts the UN-SPIDER Regional Support Office in Nigeria.
After a mission team meeting, the experts visited NEMA and NASRDA, including visits to the COSPAS-SARSAT mission control center and the satellite ground control facilities of the Nigerian Space Agency. In the course of the TAM, a stakeholder workshop was organized that brought together more than 100 experts of the Nigerian disaster management community. The workshop was also covered by national television and print media. Furthermore, a technical workshop took place at the premises of NEMA, focusing on the 2010 floods in Sokoto state as a case study with the aim of analyzing the institutional capacities and cooperation of the stakeholders. The setting helped identify strengths and available opportunities in the country and also spurred discussions on perceived limitations and challenges. Visits to individual institutions gave insight into their access to and use of space-based information. The institutional visits were followed by a debriefing to the Director General and other high-ranking staff of NEMA, which was the requesting government agency of the UN-SPIDER mission.
In the follow-up to this TAM, the Nigerian UN-SPIDER Regional Support Office will be of particular importance and play a leading role in shaping new developments. A standard outcome of such a mission is a report that summarizes the observations and recommendations from the TAM and that is submitted to the national Government. These reports serve as a base for national authorities to develop policies and an action plan to improve the use of space-based information and of geo-databases for disaster management in the country. UN-SPIDER is committed to facilitate the implementation of the recommendations through its partners and the network of Regional Support Offices.
The Nigerian National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) - one of UN-SPIDER's Regional Support Offices - announced on 28 May 2014 that it will develop and build a “Made in Nigeria” satellite by 2018 and accomplish a launch from a Nigerian launch pad by 2030. The announcement was made by Prof. Seidu Mohammed Director General of NASRDA during an interview in Abuja with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
China Great Wall Industry Corp will launch the Democratic Republic of the Congo's first satellite, which will also be developed by China, before the end of 2015, according to a contract signed on 17 November 2012. The Chinese company is the country's only authorized provider of commercial satellite launch services for international clients.
Nigeria continues to be heavily affected by floods. The country’s National Emergency Management Agency reported that floods had killed 431 people and displaced 1.3 million more. Floods had also wiped out 152,575 hectares (377,020 acres) of farmland, and Nigerians could expect rapidly rising food prices as a result.