The National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) has disclosed that inadequate satellite and other facilities inhibit the agency’s efforts to monitor the activities of bandits and other criminal elements operating in the country.
The newly appointed Director-General of the Agency, Halilu Shaba, said this to newsmen at a media parley in Abuja on Thursday, May 6.
According to Shaba, the bandits have become sophisticated in their operations and waves received by the agency from remote areas shows the bandits no longer use Global System for Mobile Communication (GSM) phones, but walkie-talkie.
“The Satellite is not static where the insurgency is taking place. That is why one satellite is not adequate. What Nigeria has tthere are some two satellites doing two different things.
We have a High-Resolution imaging satellite and Medium Resolution imaging satellite. The activities of the bandits could be when the satellite was away from Nigerian borders, so that is why we are advocating for more satellites for Nigeria,” he said.
The NASRDA boss called for more collaborative efforts between the agency and security agencies with regards to nformation sharing, especially when planning to launch attacks on the criminal elements.