18th August, 2011
President Goodluck Jonathan said on Wednesday that the launch of NIGERIASAT-2 and NIGERIASAT-X marked another milestone in the nationâ€™s effort to solve national problems through space technology.
In his remarks before the commencement of the Federal Executive Council meeting at the State House, the President commended the resourceful Nigerians who made the history possible.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the two satellites were launched into the orbit at 8.12 a.m. on Wednesday at Yasny in the Russian Federation.
NIGERIASAT-X was designed and built by Nigerian engineers and scientists in collaboration with an international partner, the Surrey Satellite Technology Limited of the UK.
Jonathan said the Federal Government would continue to emphasise investment in science and technology as a tool to drive the transformation agenda of his administration.
He urged professionals, ministries, department and agencies and the private sector to take advantage and optimal use of the national assets.