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  • John Patten
    If they ever get a workable spacecraft, I hope they will have rules against katundu in the aisles. ... __________________________________________________ Do
    Message 1 of 2 , Jul 18, 2001
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      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
      > figures.
      >
      > 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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