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Nigeria needs an Antarctic research station, Salisu says



Nigeria has been recommended to establish a research base in Antarctica. Owolabi Saris gave the advice after visiting the South Pole in Antarctica. He said: “Based on my recent experience on a trip to Antarctica, Antarctica, I have a strong conclusion that Nigeria should establish a research base in Antarctica.''

He said the research center could be made possible by partnering with the British Antarctic Survey and other important institutions already in Antarctica.

He added: “Nigeria should join the Antarctic Treaty if it has not already done so. On December 1, 1959, 12 countries first signed the Antarctic Treaty in Washington. , Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Chile, France, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, South Africa, the United Kingdom, the United States, and the Soviet Union.The total number of States Parties to the Convention now stands at 56.

“The treaty provides that Antarctica is to be used only for peaceful purposes and that scientific observations and results there are exchanged and made freely available.”

According to him, Antarctica is of great importance to the world and Nigeria should wake up to its responsibility to lead the African people. He said these are opportunities for research infrastructure, particularly in astrophysics, which is one of the key futures for Earth.

“In Antarctica, I prayed for all Nigerians, especially the Nigerian masses, that God would deliver them from hardship and guide them well,” he said.

According to reports, the South Pole, located more than 9,000 feet above sea level and making breathing difficult, was first conquered on December 14, 1911 by a Norwegian named Roald Amundsen.

As for how much it would cost to reach the South Pole, Sallis said the total cost was about $100,000 (nearly N125 million).

A flight from Punta Arenas, Chile to Antarctica costs approximately $59,900. You will need to carry approximately $10,000 in mandatory evacuation risk insurance. Purchase special gear for about $10,000.

Source: guardian.ng

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