From Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja
President Muhammadu Buhari has written the Senate to request the confirmation of Ahmad Shaba Halilu as the substantive Director General of the National Space Research and Development Agency, (NASRDA).
According to a statement by Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, Buhari in a letter to President of the Senate, Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan, said he was acting in line with Section 14 (1) (2) of the NASRDA Act 2010.
Dr Halilu was until his nomination, the acting Director General of the agency after being the Director in charge of Strategic Space Applications in the same organisation from 2009 to 2019.
He has participated in workshops and conferences on Global Climate Change, Environmental Pollution and Food Security; Future Earth Observation Satellite Programmes and Geospatial Information Management; and Geospatial Technologies for Economic Diversification among others.
He previously worked at the National Population Commission, Federal University of Technology, Minna and the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA.