On April 20, 2016, the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, UNN’s Centre of Basic Space Science, CBSS won the West Africa Astronomy/Space Science Regional Laurel rating, presented by the International Astronomical Union. This university has established itself both locally and internationally due to technological advances recently and hosted the first Nigeria Space Science and Astronomy/Forum to show their intentions of furthering their rapid advancements. With this impressive achievement, Nigeria hopes to clinch a spot in the leading nations of the world for astronomy and research. Individual awards from this event include several government officials responsible for supporting the research including the Senate President and the Governor.
In general, the response to this announcement has been positive. The Centre for Basic Space Science and Research has been a great example of the developments in technology in Nigeria. Enugu State governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, hopes that the centre will “place Nigeria on the world map of leading nations in research and astronomy.” As Senator Chuka Utazi points out, no country can move forward without research and technology. The Centre for Basic Space Science and Research has been a great step in the right direction.