The Federal Government has made plans to acquire more Space Science and Technological assets to give the nations Armed Forces competitive edge in the global arena.
The Minister of Defence Maj. Gen Bashir Salihi Magashi (rtd) disclosed this at the weekend in a message to the inauguration of projects of the Defence Space Administration in Abuja.
The Defence Minister who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Defence Sab’iu Zakari, described the Cyber Space as the fourth domain of warfare.
Magashi in a statement by his Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr. Mohammad Abdulkadri, stressed that the “uncompromising posture of President Muhammadu Buhari to transform the nations Armed Forces is anchored on three pillars of capacity building, restructuring and personnel welfare”.
He said the realization of the President Buhari’s determination to improve the productivity of the Armed Forces informed the proper funding of the Defence space Administration through budgetary allocations since 2015 to date.
The Defence Minister challenged the leadership of the Defence Space Administration to deploy required Technological expertise to effectively support the ongoing anti banditry, counter terrorism and anti-insurgency operations in parts of the country especially now that the Federal Government is strategizing and promoting synergy among various agencies and the tri-services to end the impunity of the bandits operating in parts of the country.
Responding, the Chief of Defence Space Administration, Maj-Gen. Emmanuel George Whyte, said the DSA Act of 2016 empowers the Management to pursue Cyber Security operations in line with its Mandate.
Whyte who supported the representative of the Special Guest to inaugurate projects targeted at creating condusive working environment for the Military and Civilian personnel of the DSA, later conducted him round the highly restricted operational Centre for on the spot assessment of the technological space assets.
The Defence Space Administration was established on 9th October, 2014 with a Mission to support the Armed Forces of Nigeria and other security agencies with relevant space products and solution necessary for the conduct of operations in peace and wartime in line with the National Space policy and programmes.