The Director-General of the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) has remarked that the Centre for Geodesy and Geodynamics (CGG) Toro is fast becoming a reckoning force in global Space Geodesy. He made this known during an official working visit on Monday to the Centre in Toro LGA of Bauchi State.

Speaking during an interactive session with the management and Staff of CGG, the Director-General who was accompanied by the Director of Strategic Space Application Dr. Mathew Adepoju condoled with the management and staff over the death of the former Centre Director Dr. Tahir Yakubu. He disclosed that he has come to see areas where the centre can be assisted in order to project it to the world and to better the working conditions of the centre.

To this end, he cautioned all staff to be committed to duty and rally round the Acting Director to achieve desired results. He appealed to them to be good ambassadors especially as leadership change usually comes with new policies and structures.

He equally appealed to members of staff who were promoted last year but are yet to start benefitting from their new structure to be patient as frantic efforts are being made to settle the issue.

In what appeared as the happiest moment, the Director-General announced that the agency is planning and working towards an increase in staff salaries and release of some palliative to staff so as to cushion the effects of the fuel subsidy removal.

He concluded by calling on members of staff to do more in the area of research and bring up good initiatives to support the government considering the harsh economic realities of the country.

Speaking also, the Dr. Adepoju appreciated members of staff for their efforts in building a viable system to have attracted national and international recognition as evident in the visit of the Chinese Space Scientists.

In his remark, the Acting Director of the centre, Dr. Joseph Danasebe Dodo appreciated the Director-General for the visit and prayed for journey mercies.

The Acting Director thereafter took the august visitors on a tour to the proposed Very Long Baseline Interferometry (VLBI) spot and other critical facilities at the centre. The Director-General promised to help out in setting up the VLBI in the center.


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