Nigerian space program

Why would Nigeria want to have a space program? ... some examples of environmental problems that are best monitored from space:

  • Gulley erosion in eastern Nigeria
  • Desertification in the North, proceeding at 3 km per year
  • Deforestation in the south
  • Pollution from industrial waste, oil exploration and mining

The Nigerian Space Program (part of Ethan Zuckerman's 2007 PopTech! coverage, which I'm still sifting through)