The signing of the draft agreement for the Centre in Nigeria was done on the 22nd of November, 1998 in Sheraton Hotel, Lagos, after which, the commissioning of the Centre’s facilities was done on the 24th of November, 1998. Prof. E. E. Balogun was the pioneer Director and the Chief Executive of the Centre.
After considering the fact that the University was expected to offer a suitable permanent site for the Centre, an area off the Road 1 within Science and Technology Park was approved for development. The Centre now runs majority of its programmes/ activities from its permanent site. Co-located in the same area are Regional Centre for Training in Aerospace Surveys (RECTAS), Centre for Energy Research and Development (CERD) and National Centre for Technology Management (NACETEM). The Centre is supervised by National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA).
Human Resources Development & Public Awareness in the African Region of the benefits and Applications of Space Science & Tech. for the sustainable development of the region and improvement on the quality of life of the people, through rigorous education/ training and outreach programmes, thereby empowering and informing the people on Space for Development.
To build a high quality capacity and critical mass of indigenous Space Scientists/ Educators in English speaking African countries for the development and application of Space Science & Technology for Sustainable National & Regional Development.
To develop skills and knowledge in 5 prime areas: Remote Sensing/ GIS; Satellite Meteorology & Global Climate; Satellite Communication; Basic Space & Atmospheric Science and Global Navigation Satellite System.