“Through the satellite we would be able to know the whole world and our children would be able to learn about space and nuclear technology, marine science and other areas of science, culture and nature which would be useful for them as well as country’s development,” she said.
The prime minister was addressing a function on Tuesday at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC) organized for celebrating successful launching of Bangabandhu Satellite-1 and inauguration of its ground stations at Gazipur and Betbunia.
Sheikh Hasina said Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman had laid the foundation stone of the country’s first satellite station at Betbunia in Rangamati. But after his brutal death, the space technology didn’t get due importance to flourish.
Bangladesh has emerged as the 57th country having Satellite in the space and 34th nation of constructing nuclear power plant, the prime minister said, adding that “we have to hold up the dignity and take the country forward.”
The premier said her government has attached importance to development of the entire country. The government is striving to create a democratic atmosphere and ensure the rights of the people to food and franchise, she added.
Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith, Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu, PM’s advisor on ICT affairs Sajeeb Ahmed Wazed, state minister for ICT Zunaid Ahmed Palak attended the function as special guests with post, telecommunications and ICT minister Mustafa Jabbar in the chair.
Secretary of the post, telecommunication ministry Shyam Sundar Sikder and Chairman of Bangladesh Communication Satellite Company Ltd. Dr Shajahan Mahmud also spoke on the occasion.
Cabinet members, PM’s advisors, chiefs of naval and air forces, parliament members, diplomats of different countries and civil and military officials attended the function.
The prime minister inaugurated the two ground stations for Bangabandhu Satellite-1 through video conferencing with the officials of the Gazipur and Rangamati districts and engineers of the stations. She also released commemorative stamps issued by the postal department on the occasion.
The ground stations were named after PM’s ICT advisor Sajeeb Wazed in recognition of his contribution to successful launching of Bangabandhu Satellite-1 and development of space and digital technology in Bangladesh.