In 2001, the Nigerian Space Policy and Programmes (NSPP) was approved. The NSPP clearly stated that there shall be a Defence Space Command which would facilitate and implement the Defence and security aspects of the National Space Policy and Programmes 2001 for the enhancement of national security and development. Pursuant to the provisions of the NSPP, the Defence Space Agency (now known as the Defence Space Administration (DSA) was established on 9 October 2014.
The DSA Act 2016 was enacted by the 8th National Assembly and signed into law on 3 February 2017. DSA therefore harnesses space products and services to aid the Nigerian military and other security agencies in tackling the security challenges faced by the country. This is in recognition of space as a force multiplier.
Nigeria as a responsible member of the international community intends to pursue its legitimate ambition in space for security, national development and peaceful purposes for the advancement of humanity. This is in line with the provisions of the United Nations Committee for the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UNCOPUOS).