NASRDA DG Applauds Kogi State’s Progress Under Ododo

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The Director General/Chief Executive Officer of National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA), Dr. Matthew Adepoju, has congratulated Governor Usman Ododo for his exemplary leadership in Kogi State, assuring that under his leadership, the state will witness tremendous transformation.

Speaking during a courtesy visit by Governor Usman Ododo in Abuja on Tuesday, Dr Adepoju noted that the objective of the partnership with Kogi government is to identify and evaluate potential scientific and technological manpower already available in the state and harness the unique contributions of various science and technology bodies for the benefit of the state.

Dr. Adepoju stated that the Centre for Atmospheric Research, the Geospatial Tracking System, and other units of the agency are ready to collaborate with the Kogi state government. The aim is to bring stakeholders together and communicate contemporary scientific and technological knowledge and skills to target groups such as schools, government institutions, and the private sector.

He mentioned that under a former agreement, Kogi State GIS digitized fifty-one thousand buildings in Lokoja alone, noting that the agency will visit the state to assess what is on the ground and what needs to be added for the full optimization of education and other critical sectors.

The DG Commended the Governor for the 32 Years road map, stating that any Governor with such a document is focused and have a good plan for rapid transformation.

He called on other states to adopt the strategy.

He commended the state for being up-to-date with the SUBEB capacity-building efforts in collaboration with NASRDA.

Dr. Adepoju also pointed out that Kogi State’s strategic location at the confluence of the Rivers Niger and Benue makes it more vulnerable to flooding. Therefore, the agency and the state will collaborate on a strategic early-warning mechanism and address issues of residency along floodplain areas.

He assured that NASRDA would align its plans with the state’s development goals and work hand-in-hand to realize the state government’s ambitious ideas.

The governor, represented by the State’s Commissioner for Finance, Budget, and Economic Planning, Asiwaju Asiru Idris, assured of Kogi state government’s readiness to collaborate with NASRDA to accelerate technological innovations and fast-track processes to drive sustainable development in Kogi State.

He stated that his administration has invested in technological solutions and established relevant institutions to transform the state’s civil service and create wealth. He added that the partnership with NASRDA would allow for synergy among all the institutions implementing technological solutions in the state.

Governor Ododo emphasized the necessity of reviewing the technical partnership between the state and NASRDA to coordinate investments in technology.

He said, “If we are to accelerate development and achieve the goals set for ourselves as a government, technology is a sine qua non.”

“The state’s Ministries of Science and Innovation, Education, Environmental and Disaster Management, Mineral and Natural Resources, and Agriculture, along with agencies such as Agro-Climatic Resilience in Semi-Arid Landscapes (ACReSAL) and Emergency Management, will serve as anchors for the partnership. Other government institutions implementing various technological solutions will be brought together to align their efforts,” he added.

Expressing the state’s readiness for collaboration with NASRDA, Governor Ododo highlighted that the Kogi State 32-Year Development Plan is aimed at providing a coherent framework for long-term strategic development to transform Kogi State into a robust and economically viable state in Nigeria.

“We have developed a 32-Year Development Plan aimed at providing a coherent framework for long-term strategic development towards transforming Kogi State into a robust and economically viable state in Nigeria. The Government of Kogi is poised to consolidate on the gains of previous administrations. As such, this team is here to reactivate our previous relationship with the number one Space Agency in Africa. We are well aware of the importance of the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) to the critical sectors of the nation’s economy, and we are here to leverage Space Technology in various areas of concern in Kogi State. Our 32-Year Kogi State Development is anchored on three pillars: fostering prosperity, building resilience, and providing direction. All three pillars cannot be optimally achieved without space technology,” he said.

Governor Ododo disclosed that Kogi State is aware of the importance of NASRDA to the critical sectors of the nation’s economy and was at the agency to reactivate former agreements on GIS and leverage Space Technology in various areas of concern in Kogi State. He reiterated that the State’s 32-Year Development is anchored on three pillars: fostering prosperity, building resilience, and providing direction, emphasizing that these critical areas cannot be optimally achieved without space technology.

While seeking collaboration with NASRDA in agriculture, Governor Ododo noted that his administration recently launched the Kogi State Green Revolution, where 100 tractors and thousands of tools were presented to farmers across the state.

“Agriculture is a critical sector under fostering prosperity in our Kogi State 32-Year Development Plan, with an objective to boost food production and promote food security using modern technologies. We recently launched the Kogi State Green Revolution, where 100 tractors and thousands of tools were presented to farmers across the state. We have also cleared over 10,000 hectares of land to demonstrate our preparedness in retaining our number one position in agriculture. We didn’t stop there; we are here to also engage NASRDA on innovative technologies in agriculture to drive prosperity in the state,” said the governor.

Earlier in his address, the governor congratulated Dr. Matthew Adepoju on his recent appointment by the President as the DG/CEO of NASRDA to lead the agency. He expressed optimism about Dr. Adepoju’s capacity to lift the agency to greater heights.

In his opening remarks, Dr. James Musa commended Governor Usman Ododo for his exemplary leadership. Noting his close association with the state’s activities under Governor Ododo’s administration, Dr. Musa observed that the state is witnessing tremendous progress and urged the governor to sustain this momentum. He reiterated that the agency would plan in alignment with the state’s development plans and work collaboratively to achieve the government’s lofty objectives.

The representative of the governor, Mukadam Asiwaju Idris Asiru, was accompanied by several key officials: Commissioner for Education, Hon Wemi Jones; Commissioner for Agriculture, Hon Timothy Ojoma; Commissioner for Environment, Hon Joseph Oluwasegun; Commissioner for Science and Innovation, Dr. Helen Aderibigbe; Commissioner for Special Duties, Hon Sunday Faleke; Director-General of Agro-Climatic Resilience in Semi-Arid Landscapes (ACReSAL), Barrister Ladi Jato; Director-General of SEMA, Hon Muktar Atimah.


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