Re: [ujeni] weird news
- If they ever get a workable spacecraft, I hope they
will have rules against katundu in the aisles.
--- Christine Chumbler <cchumble@...> wrote:
> I just ran across this...__________________________________________________
> Nigeria launching space program
> July 5, 2001 Posted: 11:18 AM EDT
> (1518 GMT)
> ABUJA, Nigeria (Reuters) --
> Nigeria, one of the world's poorest countries,
> is to launch its own space program
> in the form of an agency that will
> develop rocket and satellite
> technology, Transport Minister Ojo Madueke
> announced on Wednesday.
> He said the government had
> allocated three billion naira ($2.7 million) for the
> program and that the agency will
> receive 2.5 billion naira ($2.2 million) annually
> in the next three years with the
> aim of becoming self-financing.
> Although Nigeria is the world's
> sixth largest oil exporter, it has an external debt
> of $28.5 billion, according to
> government figures, and is struggling to provide
> its citizens with roads, education
> and basic health services.
> With a per capita annual income of
> $300, it is one of the world's 20 poorest
> countries, according to World Bank
> President Olusegun Obasanjo will
> head the National Council on Space Scien ce
> Technology, which will oversee the
> program, and Vice President Atiku
> Abubakar will be deputy chairman.
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