The National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) on Monday urged students to participate in inter-school space programmes.
The Chairman of NASRDA Space Ambassador Scheme, Dr. Ayantunji Benjamin, made the call in Abuja.
He said the agency recently organised an inter-state competition for space ambassadorship competition and exhibition for secondary school students “to introduce the young ones to space science and technology early in life.”
Benjamin decried that only a few states were represented in the inter-state competition, adding that “the inability of states to present students for the competition deterred the children from showcasing their talents.
He said: “We encourage state governments to respond to our invitation.
“We have the data base of students who participated in the last inter-schools space competition/exhibition and as an agency, we plan to follow them up and encourage their ideas.
“However, we want more states to embrace the idea.
“The realness of the Nigerian child is better imagined, children came with different challenging projects and judges accessed them.
“The projects were accessed based on different criteria, namely — presentation and the scientific theory behind the project, among others.”
He said states that participated in the competition included Kano, Kaduna, Edo, Oyo, Benue, Ogun and the Federal Capital Territory.