Sunday, August 18, 2013

NIGERIAN LATEST NEWS AND UPDATES ON AIR SPACE.

Sensible: International Development Secretary Justine Greening defended giving aid to Nigeria, which has launched a space programmeBritain giving millions of pounds to Nigeria while it embarks on a space programme is a ‘sensible investment’, the government insisted today.The oil-rich country, which has accepted £300million from Britain in aid this year alone, has set in train ambitious plans to launch its own rockets and even put a man into space.But International Development Secretary Justine Greening was backed by Downing Street after arguing that it was money ‘well spent’ by Nigeria.However a Department for International Development spokesman was keen to stress to Mail Online that Britain is 'not providing any aid funds to Nigeria’s space programme'.The first Nigerian astronauts are being trained to join Russian, Chinese or American missions within the next two years.At the same time the UK taxpayer is sending £1.14billion in foreign aid to the country over the five years of the Coalition.The revelation sparked a storm of protest last week, coming after UKIP MEP Godfrey Bloom accused the government of ‘treason’ for sending billions in aid to ‘Bongo Bongo land’ while making cuts to police and social services at home.But Ms Greening insisted the foreign aid sent to Nigeria would ‘help Nigeria progress and develop as a country’.She told BBC Radio 4: ‘I believe it is being well spent but we obviously have to make sure that we critically assess the projects underway.‘We do expect them to invest in their country as well. The so-called space programme was in fact investment in satellites, weather satellites and for communication.

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