By Ijeoma Olorunfemi
The Nigerian Institute of Space Engineers (NISE) said that with the change in work model, due to COVID-19 pandemic, it had engaged modern technology for members to remain viable.
Dr Sadiq Umar, the National Chairman of NISE, said this to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Thursday.
Umar admitted that measures put in place to curtail the spread of COVID-19 pandemic had encouraged a shift from physical work experience to remote working.
He said it caused a change in diverse sectors including the space industry.
According to him, NISE, which plays in the space industry, has to adapt with the measures rolled out to arrest the pandemic and as well engage its members through modern technology and virtual meeting tools.
“As we all know, Coronavirus is no longer a myth and for Nigeria to join the rest of the world to stop the spread we need to stay at home to reduce contacts.
“While we are staying at home to be safe, we still need to engage ourselves because work cannot stop. I am currently working on my system in my home.
“Some members of the institute and myself have had meetings using Google meeting tool and discussed the way forward,’’ Umar said.
He added that it was a challenging time for all countries including Nigeria and that every institution, private, individuals and government should contribute toward ensuring the reduction in the spread of COVID-19.
Umar said that the umbrella body of the institute , which is the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA), was engaging their members to revitalise its Telemedicine project.
According to him, the Telemedicine project is in a mobile van form that can be deployed to communities and be useful in making treatment accessible in the fight against COVID-19.
He, however, expressed hope that the pandemic would soon be over and urged citizens to abide by measures put in place by the government against the scourge. (NAN)