Deputy Senate Majority Leader and Chairman Senate Committee on Science and Technology have been disturbed lately after he found out that the space agency in Nigeria that should be employing scientists and engineers are employing graduates of religious studies and other unrelated courses.
It was disclosed that people saw the job as a hot cake and pay a huge amount to get a job in the space Agency, an amount ranging from N2m to N2.5m. He said about 80% of the workforce in the facility are support staff and as such need to be sanitized. Boroffice said this at the annual national space dialogue/media conference on space science and technology on Friday, December 4, 2020.
“How can you be taking people with religious studies in the space centre? It is misemployment when the support staff that constitutes about 80 percent are the workforce. It is wrong. We need experience. We need scientists to constitute about 70% percent of the workforce but the reverse is the case”.
“I learned that the ICPC is around, scrutinising employment documents, I heard employment is earned with N2 million, N2.5 million. It is sad.”
“We have to reexamine ourselves. We have to sanitise the space agency so that we can achieve the purpose of the nation itself.”Boroffice said.
Dr.Ogbonnaya Onu, the Minister of Science and Technology has promised that the government will correct the mistakes made so far.
“I want to assure you that this administration is very interested and this minister here is a big champion for space science and technology, and we will continue to do the best we can”.
“I will like to assure the deputy majority leader of the Senate that we agree with you about the mistakes that were made here”.
“They are also mistakes that you can find in government institutions. But we are determined to correct those mistakes and we are taking the necessary steps to make sure they are corrected,”he said