Senate Screens NASRDA D.G Designate.
The Senate Committee on Science and Technology has screened the Director-General Designate of the National Space Research and Development Agency NASRDA Dr Halilu Ahmad Shaba.
Presenting the nominee to the Senate Committee on Science and Technology for screening, the Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Political Matters, Senator Babafemi Ojodu said the President had put Into consideration Dr Halilu’s wealth of experience and dedication.
In her opening remarks, the Chairman of the committee Senator Uche Ekwunife who expressed satisfaction with the nominee’s credentials said the committee members will carry out the screening without bias.
In his presentation, the DG designate Dr Halilu who spoke eloquently on his capabilities, assured the lawmakers that if confirmed he will put in his expertise to drive the sector to its full potential.
Dr Halilu holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Geography from Bayero University, Kano, Nigeria (1988); a Masters in Remote Sensing from Federal University of Technology, Minna, Nigeria (1993) and a doctorate from the same university also in Remote Sensing (1999).
He worked briefly in National Population Commission and lectured in Federal University of Technology, Minna, from 2001 to 2006 before moving to the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, as Deputy Director from 2006 to 2009.
He joined NASRDA as Director, Strategic Space Applications in 2009 where he worked until he was nominated by President Muhammadu Buhari.
President Buhari had written to the Senate in a letter dated 25th February 2021 which was read on the plenary on the 9th of March by the Senate President Ahmad Lawan who presided over plenary.
The letter read in part: “Pursuant to Sections 14(1) and (2) of the National Space Research and Development Agency Act 2010, I present for confirmation by the Senate the appointment of Mr Halilu Ahmad Shaba as Director-General of the National Space Research and Development Agency…”
The position of Director-General, NASRDA, became vacant after the two terms of Prof Seidu Mohammed as Director-General ended in June 2019.