GDEST 2008 Conference Sessions
Theme 1 - Observing Africa
Current Trends in Nigeria’s Space Development Programme to Facilitate Geospatial Information (GI) Sharing and Implementation of the NGDI
Ganiyu Agbaje, National Space Research & Development Agency, Nigeria
Barely seven (7) years to the deadline for the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which is meant to haul the world’s 2 billion poorest out of misery; promote human dignity and equality; and achieve peace, democracy and environmental stability; it is becoming clear that a number of developing countries especially in Africa will fail to achieve the MDGs. The root cause of this emanated from a number of factors which include poor quality data collection, organization and management practices including lack of adequate infrastructure and skilled human capacity to develop the natural resources and manage the environment in a sustainable manner.
Recognising the significant role of space technology for the attainment of rapid sustainable socio-economic development, the Federal Government of Nigeria embarked on satellite system development which resulted in the launch of the NigeriaSat-1 in September 2003 and Nigcomsat-1 in May 2007 while NigeriaSat-2 is expected for launch in 2009. Nigeria is also committed to the building of the African Resources & environmental Management Satellite Constellation (ARMS). All these activities will serve as catalyst to the development of the country’s national geospatial data infrastructure (NGDI).
The paper will discuss the current trends in Nigeria’s space programme (satellites development); examine the institutional arrangements in place to facilitate geospatial information (GI) sharing among organisations in Nigeria as contained in the National Geoinformation Policy; examines the progress made so far in the implementation of the NGDI. When fully operational, the NGDI will serve as the fuel for the effective implementation and attainment of the Millennium Development Goals by 2015.