Senate okays Shaba as DG NASRDA

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he on Wednesday confirmed the of Dr. Halilu Ahmad Shaba as Director General of the National Space Research and Agency (NASRDA).

The confirmation of Shaba followed the consideration of the of the Committee on Science and at plenary in Abuja.

of the Committee, Senator Uche Ekwunife, presented the .

Senators approved that Shaba be confirmed when the recommendation of the Committee was put voice vote by Ahmad Lawan.

Muhammadu had on Tuesday March 2, 2021, transmitted the name of Shaba the Upper Chamber for screening and confirmation as DG NASRDA.

In the letter, enjoined the lawmakers give his request an accelerated consideration.

Shaba had been on acting capacity as DG of the agency following the expiration of the two-term tenure of Professor Seidu Mohammed in June 2020.

The Agency had earlier, on July 2, 2019, announced the of Mr Jonathan Angulu as an acting Director-General to facilitate a seamless transition process between the outgone DG and an incoming one.

Jonathan handed over to Shaba two days earlier to continue in an acting capacity until the of a substantive DG for the agency by the Federal .

Before his appointment as an acting Director-General of NASRDA, Shaba served in various leadership capacities since joining the agency in 2009.

Most recently, he served as the Director of Strategic Space Applications, in which capacity he led the department’s policy initiations and execution within the national space framework.

Shaba previously served as a Deputy Director at the National Emergency Management Agency between 2006 and 2009, before joining NASRDA.