In the bid to start an Aerospace Engineering Technology Department in its School of Engineering, the Kogi State Polytechnic has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA).
The Head of Public Relations and Protocols Unit of the institution, Uredo Omale, stated that was signed at the NASRDA headquarters, Obasanjo Space Centre, Abuja.
The Director-General, National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA), Dr Halilu Ahmed Shaba and Dr Salisu Ogbo Usman, Rector of Kogi State Polytechnic, Lokoja represented both parties at the event.
Speaking after the signing of the agreement, Dr Shaba said the MoU would strengthen the deep historic ties between the two bodies in terms of socioeconomic development, space exploration, environmental safety and trade.
He further said that the two parties had made relentless efforts in ensuring the actualisation of the great feats, adding that “National Space Research and Development Agency and Kogi State Polytechnic, Lokoja share historic ties, as both agencies have been working closely in recent times.”
The signing of the MoU, Dr Shaba added, “Is a right step in the right direction, as it will accelerate Nigeria’s economic transformation from a resource-based to knowledge and Innovation driven-based.”
Bemoaning the obsolete equipment in some institutions, Dr Shaba commended Dr Usman for sustaining the relationship and its tremendous feat and advancement in achieving Aerospace exploration. He added that the Polytechnic had since 2014 been pushing for this fulfilment which had just been mutually consented to.
He reiterated the agency’s desire to make Aerospace Engineering Technology competitive globally, by investing in Aerospace Engineering Technology.
Dr Shaba further disclosed that the agency would be collaborating with the Kogi State Polytechnic in the area of agricultural advancement in 2023 by organising an exhibition and joint workshop.
In the same vein, Engr. Sadiq Umar, Director, CSCD while delivering closing remarks, appreciated the NASRDA Director-General and the Rector for their passion and unfettered energy towards achieving the feat, describing them as reformers of high repute and ones whose mandates had yielded a landmark achievement.
Engr. Umar disclosed the agency’s readiness to establish Aerospace technology across institutions in the country as already achieved at Lagos State University (LASU).