Justine Greening Backs Nigeria’s ‘Sensible’ Space Programme

Tim Ross, Telegraph (London), August 12, 2013

Nigeria’s space programme will help combat famine in Africa, Justine Greening has said as she defended sending hundreds of millions of pounds of taxpayers’ money to the country in aid.

Miss Greening, the International Development Secretary, said Nigeria’s own investment in its satellite technology was “sensible” and stressed that it was not being funded with British money.

Tory MPs have criticised her department for allocating more than £900 million in government funds for social and educational projects in Nigeria when the country is spending its own money on training an astronaut.

Speaking to BBC Radio 4, she said she believed British aid was being “well spent” but added: “We obviously have to make sure that we critically assess the projects underway.

“We are investing in education projects–some of these are actually in incredibly challenging parts of Nigeria.”

Ministers expect the Nigerian government to invest in its own infrastructure as well, she said as she praised the space schemes as “a sensible investment”.

“The so called ‘space programme’ was in fact investment in satellites, weather satellites and for communication.

“For a country like Nigeria, which still has a huge agricultural sector for which getting crops can be the difference between keeping people alive and having chronic famine, actually understanding weather patterns is absolutely key to food production and food planning.”

The Cabinet minister said it was “regrettable” that almost half a million pounds of British taxpayer-funded aid and equipment had fallen into the hands of al-Qaeda-linked rebels in Somalia.

Over a three month period, the terror group’s franchise in the country, al-Shabaab, “confiscated” the material worth £480,000 from contractors working for the British government in a series of incidents.

Miss Greening sought to play down the significance of the losses and insisted that officials in her Department for International Development “track exactly” what happens to taxpayers’ money.

“This incident shows that often we are working in incredibly challenging circumstances,” the minister told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.

“It is regrettable that we lost supplies that were funded by the taxpayer but we were in Somalia precisely because of the terrorism threat and at a time of huge issues of piracy as well and it shows why we were there in the first place,” she told the Today programme.

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  • NeanderthalDNA

    “It is regrettable that we lost supplies that were funded by the taxpayer but we were in Somalia precisely because of the terrorism threat and at a time of huge issues of piracy as well and it shows why we were there in the first place,” she told the Today programme.
    Somali pirates need that food!

    I’d post the video of the Russians dealing with but basically involves a lot of high tech weaponry sending death dealing rounds pirate-ward. Then not apologizing or dropping off some food.

    Can the poor Somali’s then get asylum in Britain? “I waznt no pirate! I jus a victim of evil white imperialism. Gimme money!”

    No – give them lead. Like the Russkies do.

  • Spartacus

    All black countries are failed states, and this is just the upteenth proof. Also, this :

    • Sue

      And then google: The South Africa project to see how well post apartheid whites are doing.

      • Bantu_Education

        It was always the intention that whites should be punished for eternity, for the “crime against humanity” of apartheid – “the biggest atrocity of the 20th century” according to Mandela who can do or say no wrong.

  • Puggg

    “Nigeria’s space program”

    In Nigeria, you ask them to try to put a man on the moon, and some guy will turn his back toward you and drop his pants.

    • NeanderthalDNA

      As the real Magic Negro, Uncle Ruckus, says…

      The only reason the white man don’t cook pork as good as the black is because, in his words, “His big brain is just focused on more important things, like running the world and space ships.”

      • I cook as well as almost anyone. I recently marinated whiting fillets from Wal Mart (in the big, blue box) in a sauce I made from 50:50 Thai stir-fry sauce and soy sauce, to which I added lemon juice, lots of garlic powder and some Tabasco sauce. I’m not certain what is in the Thai sauce, but it comes in twin packets inside the big, frozen bags of “Bird’s Eye” mixed frozen “Thai Mix” vegetables.

        After 72 hours marinating, I smoked these on the hibachi with the smoking cover I welded, using the tinder from last year’s tomato and pepper plant branches on top of the coals to add a mellow woody flavor. These fillets are really good.

        Maybe I could get my own cooking show and then have it cancelled a billion times over for things I’ve written here.

        • Several weeks ago, I made that Italian sausage – French roll – fried onions – fried egg – chili con carne – lettuce recipe you had on here awhile back. But I used only the egg whites and the ccc I used was beanless, I despise beans.

          Great great stuff.

        • fuzzypook

          Well if you use the Thai sauce from the “Birds Eye” mixed vegetable package, then what do you do with the Birds Eye? Didn’t the sauce come with the Birds Eye package and was meant to use with that?

          • I lightly stir fry the veggies in olive oil for use on rice with other sauces, in omelettes, or we boil them in soup or whatnot. We always have a surplus of the sauce.

    • Whitetrashgang

      The down low spaceship?

    • KenelmDigby

      I wish we could send ALL Nigerians, (there are 170 million of them – and rapidly growing), not just to the moon but to the farthest reaches of the universe.

  • AngloCelt

    The propulsion system will probably be fueled by black magic from an on-board witch doctor.

    • NeanderthalDNA

      Ha ha!

      But no, of course, the tough stuff will be made either in UK, or under the direct supervision of UK technicians. Then they will step aside and show the whole world how Nigeria has entered the space era all on their own.

      I’m sure they can find a Nigerian to train as an astronaut, by the way. NASA sent trained chimps up and back several times.

      • cablegirls

        For predicting weather — cant’t they pay for this service??

  • NorthernWind

    Obviously it’s the case that a “space program” is far more urgent than stability, law, and order.

  • bigone4u

    Like I said last week, the African space program consists of a couple of bottle rockets strapped to the back of the official African azztronot. Without a parachute, African azztronots don’t survive, but hey progress comes at a cost. See you on the moon, pal.

    • NeanderthalDNA

      Hey. like I just said, NASA trained, sent up, and recovered SEVERAL chimps in it’s early heyday…

      You gotta have the audacity of hope, biggun!

  • Greg Thomas

    “Nigeria’s space programme” is simply another slush fund for one of their warlords.
    The liberal mind never ceases to amaze.

  • Conrad

    I did a little reading about Nigeria & their space program. It seems that they have launched a few satellites into orbit and that their economy is doing fairly well for an African country. I am sure that they had to bring in foreign help to make the space program a success. For an African country, creating that much stability, is saying a lot. That’s great. I’ve always said that I don’t mind if blacks are successful just as long as they do it over there and stop hanging around our necks like a millstone. White people & our countries would be way ahead of where we are now if they weren’t in our living space.

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  • Luca

    One can only optimistically assume that all those rocket scientists in Nigeria will now be off the unemployment rolls.

  • ViktorNN

    One giant step for the people of Bongo Bongo Land!

  • JustSomeDude888

    I often read about black youths destroying school computers. It’s symbolic. The computer is the culmination of 2,000 years of human achievement; it represents both the benefits and the challenges of living in a complex, technologically advanced society. By destroying a computer, the black youth symbolically destroys all of civilization. He expresses the subconscious desire for the primitive savagery of the African jungle. In the jungle, savages rise to the top. In civilization, savages sink to the bottom. For the savage, it’s better to reign in hell than serve in heaven.

    • Sue

      I don’t think they rise to the top anywhere unless it’s as bloated carcasses rising in water.

  • exLibtard

    It’s nice to see that we’re not the only ones wasting money in the cesspool known as Africa.

  • Tinfoil A22hat

    Every once in awhile, a wonderful story like this comes along and to use a cliche, warms the cochlea of my heart. Proud Niger, where females are more likely to be raped than to graduate from high school, boldly launching monkies in mud huts into the stratosphere with weather vanes strapped onto their posteriors, all in the name of actually increasing the fecundity of their vast agricultural dynamo. A breadbasket so bounteous the benevolent Nigers ship their surplus gratis to their noble brethren in Somalia. Let no one say nay to the savvy Brits calculated investment in this venture when there will be a surefire, high yield return. If only I, too, could invest some money into launching Niger monkies toward the moon, I would find the act in and of itself to be its own rich reward. Alas.

    • ShermanTMcCoy

      I’m thinking Venus, as in “The Marching Morons.” Look it up.

      • Tinfoil A22hat

        Wow and I thought Idiocracy was a genius current creation. Just goes to show. Thanks for something new to read.

    • Irishgirl

      Well put, but I think you mean the cockles of your heart. The cochlea is in the ear. Just some friendly advice.

      • Tinfoil A22hat

        Cockles comes from a bastardization of the Latin cochleae chordis. I misspelled, which I do sometimes. Thanks, though.

  • BonusGift

    As of today, we all know that blacks are patently incapable of launching anything into space without YT; my takeaway from the story is that no matter what we do or where we go we will be followed around by blacks who want us dead yet like our stuff and what we are doing. That noted, given its geographic/equatorial location, I suspect the program is all about China and/or Russia launching their own satellites near the equator.

  • IstvanIN

    Nigeria has both oil and agriculture. They are filthy rich. Why should the UK send them any foreign aid when the UK doesn’t have a space program of its own?

    • Rhialto

      The UK does have a International Development Secretary; I guess the UK can’t afford both.

  • WR_the_realist

    Politicians are absolutely shameless in how they spend other people’s money.

  • Formerly_Known_as_Whiteplight

    They’s gonna paint the red planit black….

  • KenelmDigby

    This is the same Tory Party that is ruthlessly slashing public spending in Britain and is reducing the number of police officers and firemen.
    A week ago, a senior UKIP MEP, Godfrey Bloom made the excellent observation about the Tory Party’s fondness for doling out enormous amounts of British taxpayers’ cash to ‘Bongo-Bongo Land’.
    UKIP are the *real* Conservative Party, with real Conservative policies. Years ago, great men such as Godfrey Bloom used to run the Tory Party – that’s when Britain was great. These days we have stupid little bints like Justine Greening running the Conservative Party.

    • cablegirls

      Very, very depressing. And it’s almost everywhere whites built and live…

  • BarnyL

    What next? Ground Control to Uncle Tom?

  • Rhialto

    Gosh those Black leaders are retarded, not allowing temporary foreign workers to do necessary jobs for which sufficient citizens are unqualified.

    Of course, that’s not as retarded as leaders in countries, who bring in hoards of immigrant workers when job qualified citizens are unemployed. Also most of these workers become citizens/permanent residents and become immigrant anchors and generators.