Nigeria’s desire to venture into space science and technology dates back to 1976, when the delegation of the Federal Government of Nigeria first made the intention of the country known to an Inter-Governmental meeting which was held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
It was not until 1988 when the National Council of Ministers’ approved that a National Centre for Remote Sensing should be established and situated at Jos; with a Ground Receiving Station to be established at Kerang, in Mangu LGA of Plateau State, (that is, site of the defunct Aerostat Balloon Project).
The National Centre for Remote Sensing, Jos eventually took off in October 1995.
The National Centre for Remote sensing,(NCRS) Jos, is a parastatal of the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology.
NCRS is one of the six (6) Development Centres of Excellence under the aegis of the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA), Abuja.
NCRS is the focal point for Remote Sensing and Geographic Information System Activities in Nigeria.
…..Committed to being a Centre of excellence Providing Geoinformatic services for sustainable development.
To acquire and apply Remote sensing and Geographic Information System and other related space technologies for the inventory, development and management of the Nation’s natural resources and environmental protection for the benefit of humanity.