Dr Halilu Ahmad Shaba will Become the Nigerian Space Agency’s New Director General

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has nominated Dr Ahmad Shaba Halilu as substantive Director General of the National Space Research and Development Agency, NASRDA. The nomination letter to the Senate dated 25 February, 2021 was read in the Senate plenary of 9 March, 2021 by Dr Ahmad Lawan, Nigerian Senate President.

In it, President Buhari wrote: “Pursuant to Sections 14(1) and (2) of the National Space Research and Development Agency Act 2010, I present for confirmation by the Senate the appointment of Mr Halilu Ahmad Shaba as Director General of the National Space Research and Development Agency…”

Dr Halilu holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Geography from Bayero University, Kano, Nigeria (1988); a Masters in Remote Sensing from Federal University of Technology, Minna, Nigeria (1993) and a doctorate from same university also in Remote Sensing (1999). He worked briefly in National Population Commission and lectured in Federal University of Technology, Minna, from 2001 to 2006 before moving to the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, as Deputy Director from 2006 to 2009. He joined NASRDA as Director, Strategic Space Applications in 2009.

The position of Director General, NASRDA, became vacant after the two terms of Prof Seidu Mohammed as Director General ended in June, 2019.

NASRDA on 2 July, 2019 announced that Mr Jonathan Angulu is Acting Director General and will oversee a smooth transition. Mr Angulu handed over to Dr Halilu on 26 July, 2019 to continue as Acting Director General. However, on 29 July, 2019 the Federal Government of Nigeria reversed it citing “violation of civil service regulations and (which) amounted to an infraction of regulatory policies” and re-instated Mr Angulu. On 15 May, 2020 following the retirement of Mr Angulu, the most senior Director in NASRDA, Dr Francis Chizea, was appointed Acting Director General, as required by the Public Service Rules, by the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology. He has remained in that position till this appointment of Dr Halilu as substantive Director General by President Buhari.

If confirmed by the Senate, Dr Ahmad Halilu will be the third Director General of NASRDA. The first was Professor Robert Ajayi Borroffice and the second was Professor Sheidu Mohammed. NASRDA was created in May, 1999 as a Research and Development agency under the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology with a mandate to pursue the development and application of space science and technology for the social and economic benefit of Nigeria.

1 COMMENT

  1. I extend my heartwarm appreciation and congratulations to new DG Dr H A Shaba. Wishing him the best in his new office.
    May God grant him the wisdom, knowledge and understanding as he carries his duties for the economic revitalisation and technological advancement of our great nation Nigeria.

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