National Centre for Remote Sensing (NCRS) Jos has commissioned major projects. The projects are e-library and modern Multipurpose staff Auditorium.
The projects were commissioned on the 9th May, 2019 by the Honourable Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu.
The event which took place at the Centre’s headquarters attracted dignitaries from all walks of life.
Speaking at the occasion, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu commended the leadership of the Agency for effective utilization of their budgetary allocations by providing the two standard facilities.
He said the projects commissioned would not only add value to the centre’s activities but will promote research and learning.
According to him, Remote Sensing /Earth Observation Satellites launched by the space agency have proved useful among others for sustainable management of the environment, improve Agriculture, Development of water resources and emphasize the need for more investments in those areas.
He enjoined the Centre to take the space technology education to secondary schools, adding that students could come for excursion to the centre to acquaint themselves with Remote Sensing technology and its applications.
The minister enjoined the management and staff of the Centre to make good use of the facilities.
Also speaking, the Director General NASRDA reinstated the importance of remote sensing technology as a super structure in building a solid foundation for an emerging knowledge based, science and technology driven and globally competitive modern economy in Nigeria.
According to him “commissioning of the multipurpose Auditorium and the e-library building was a great achievement”. His word “These critical facilities are major achievement, the auditorium in particular will among others provide decent accommodation for the growing number of institutions staff and students that come regularly for educational visit while e-library will undoubtedly improve on the quality of our research outputs”
Prof. S.O. Mohammed commended the Minister and the Federal Government for making budgetary allocations for the projects and seeing to it that the projects were executed.
In his speech, Dr. Efron Gajare, Director National Center for Remote Sensing Jos, thanked dignitaries, especially the Governor of Plateau State, the Minister of Science and Technology, Speaker Plateau State House of Assembly, the Traditional Rulers for honouring their invitation.
He commended the former Director of the Centre who according to him had laid a foundation that made his work easy, adding that there wouldn’t have been him if those ones had not done well.
Dr. E.N. Gajere who reeled out the achievements of the Centre, said it would not have been possible without the support of the Federal Government and the cooperation of the staff of the Centre.
According to him, the Centre took the training of staff as a priority since the job the centre does was knowledge based and driven.
He announced that the Centre which began with less than two Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) holders now boasts of not fewer than fifteen of them now, adding that numerous others have Masters of Sciences (M.Sc) and Bachelor degrees.
According to him, many others are undergoing studies at both M.Sc. and Ph.D levels to boost the capacity of the staff for effective delivery.