Nigeria

Nigeria - Technical Advisory Mission

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.

Dates: 

Mon, 13/06/2011 to Fri, 17/06/2011

Host Institution: 

National EmergencyManagement Agency (NEMA)

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Mission Team: 

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.

Mission Profile: 

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.

Mission Findings: 

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.

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Referenced UN-SPIDER Regional Support Office: 

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Publishing Date: 

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Publishing Date: 

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Publishing Date: 

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Publishing Date: 

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Referenced UN-SPIDER Regional Support Office: 

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Publishing Date: 

Fri, 13/07/2012 - 09:46

Referenced UN-SPIDER Regional Support Office: 

Nigeria

National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA)

Contact Person
Mr. James Akujobi
Tel: +234-70-404 64 955
Email: j_akujobi [at] yahoo.com

English

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latitude: 

9

longitude: 

7

Nigeria Regional Support Office

Short Title: 

Nigeria
English

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Free tagging: 

latitude: 

9

longitude: 

7

At a glance: 

The UN-SPIDER Regional Support Office (RSO) in Nigeria is hosted by the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA). The RSO in Nigeria was established in 2008 with the mandate to promote and support the use of space technology within and outside of Nigeria in the management of the full disaster cycle including prevention and mitigation.

Available expertise: 

The UN-SPIDER Nigeria RSO is staffed with three technical experts in remote sensing and GIS. The RSO has a Centre for Space Science and Technology Education in IlE-IFE, Osun State. Nigeria is in collaboration with the UNOOSA African Regional Centre for Space Science and Technology Education.
The office is equipped with three desktop workstations, one A3 desktop scanner, one Laserjet printer and broadband internet service (230 kbps).

Available databases and space-based information: 

The RSO has concluded the archiving of Landsat thematic mapper and enhanced thematic mapper images covering all of Nigeria. The images' dates range from the 1980s to 2004. The imagery is multispectral with a spatial resolution of 28.5 metres. Images are acquired from the University of Maryland Global Landcover Facility, USA (http://ftp.glcf.umd.edu/data/landsat). The RSO also compiled NigeriaSat-1 satellite imagery for Niger with a spatial resolution of 32 metres.

About the host institution: 

The UN-SPIDER Nigeria RSO is hosted by the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA).  NASRDA is a research institution 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.

Its vision is to make Nigeria build indigenous expertise in developing, designing and building appropriate hard- and software in space technology as an essential tool for its socio-economic development and enhancement of the quality of life of its people.

<p><strong>Main Contact</strong><br /> <em>Dr. Godstime James</em><br /> Coordinator, UN-SPIDER Regional Support Office in Nigeria<br /> Remote Sensing and GIS Expert<br /> Tel. +234-8022739154<br /> <a href="mailto:godstimej@gmail.com" target="_blank">godstimej@gmail.com</a><br /> </p> <p><strong>Alternative Contact</strong><br /> <em>Dr. Shaba Halilu</em><br /> Director, Department of Strategic Space Applications<br /> Tel. +234-8037874003<br /> <a href="mailto:drhalilu@yahoo.com" alt="drhalilu@yahoo.com" title="drhalilu@yahoo.com">drhalilu@yahoo.com</a></p> <p><strong>Address</strong><br /> National Space Research and Development Agency<br /> Obasanjo Space Center, Pyakassa Junction<br /> PMB 437 Garki, Abuja </br> Nigeria<br /> <a href="http://www.nasrda.gov.ng" target="_blank">http://www.nasrda.gov.ng</a></p>

August 2011

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