- Staff of the Centre for Satellite Technology Development have been directed to bear cost of production of their ID cards
- In a circular, the agency said it is no longer in a good financial position to fund production of the ID cards
- A staff of the centre disclosed that the practice had been going on for over two years now
The Centre for Satellite Technology Development, one of the centres under the National Space Research and Development Agency (NARSDA) has directed members of staff to personally fund the production of identity cards, NAN reports.
In a circular issued on Monday, May 21, and pasted on the notice board of the centre, members of staff were directed to henceforth sponsor their identity card production owing to “paucity of funds”.
NAIJ.com gathers that the letter with ref number: CSTD/ADM/41, dated May 21, 2018, signed by Shuaibu A.O, deputy director admin and finance, on behalf of the director of the centre, Dr Spencer Onuh, reads as follows:
“I am directed to inform all staff of CSTD that the centre is no longer in a good financial position to fund the production of Staff Identity Cards.
“In view of the above, all staff are advised to personally fund the cost production of their staff identity cards through AP&D (Admin) till further notice.
“This is for your information and strict compliance please. Thank you”.
The centre reportedly has less than 500 staff members.
According to Gbenga Omole, a printer at the Area 10 shopping complex in Abuja, “It costs N200 to produce a plastic identity card, but if you want to produce up to 500 cards then we can give you a discount”.
A staff of the centre who pleaded anonymity, reportedly stated that the practice of staff sponsoring their identity cards production had been in practice for over two years now.
“This has been in practice for a long time. I have even made my ID card myself. It is unbelievable because the centre does not have to produce ID cards for all staff, but only for promoted staff,” the staff said.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that the National Space Research and Development Agency said the country could help other nations locate missing planes.
The agency claimed that the recently launched nano satellite, being the first in Sub-Saharan Africa, had the capacity to locate and track every aircraft within and outside Nigerian airspace.
It was reportedly designed and built by Nigerian engineers and scientists and launched from the Kennedy Space Centre, Florida, USA to the International Space Station, then released from the Jasack Module into the appropriate orbit.
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