The British Government has been slammed for giving billions to African countries which plan to have astronauts in space by 2030.
Figures released last week show that Nigeria received £1 billion in foreign aid intended to combat starvation and poverty from the UK since 2010.
But the West African country has already sent a staggering six satellites into orbit – two of which were built in Britain. And the country now plans to launch a man into space by the end of the next decade.
A delegation from Nigeria will visit China this month to talk about Africa’s first manned space mission.
Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, Nigeria’s minister of science and technology, said: “The space program is very important for a country like Nigeria.”
Nigerian officials have claimed that satellites are key in the fight against depraved jihadi terror group Boko Haram.
But officials have come under fire for building £10 billion satellites when two-thirds of Africans live on a no more than £1-a-day.
And impoverished Ethiopia has built Africa’s first observatory to the cost of £3.5 million.
Britain gives away over £300 million to the country each year, despite growing concerns over its human rights record.
Other “poor” countries on the continent also have intergalactic ambitions.
Ghana has launched a Space Science and Technology Institute while receiving £73 million in UK taxpayers’ money.
Jonathan Isaby, chief executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: “It is deeply depressing that Ministers still think it appropriate to be sending taxpayer-funded aid to countries that can afford their own space programs.”