Space technology key to disasater management

by Staff Reporter | April 11th, 2013

The role of space technology in disaster management remains strategic and key, according to the Director General, National Space Research and Development Agency, (NASRDA) Dr Seidu O. Mohammed.

Speaking at a one-day National Space Dialogue/Media Conference on Space Science and Technology in Abuja, organised by NASRDA in collaboration with the World Bank, Dr Mohammed said, “During disasters, access to the scenes is very difficult, it is only through space the necessary information and solution can be possible.”

He cited the example of the 2012 flood disaster in the country where Nigeria Sat -2 satellite was tasked for image acquisition covering the affected states.

“In addition, the international charter on space and major disaster was activated three times for Adamawa, Kogi and Bayelsa to get images in these states. This was made possible through our partners and the satellite images received during the activations played major role in assisting NEMA to implement the response and rehabilitation phases of the disaster,” he added.

He stressed on the need for synergy among all stakeholders towards effective disaster management.

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