The Minister of Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika, has commended the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) for efficient utilization of scarce resources.
Sirika who stated this during the 76th Session of the World Meteorology Organisation (WMO) Executive Council held at the WMO Headquarters, in Geneva, Switzerland on Thursday, noted that through efficient utilization of scarce resources NiMet has achieved significant weather forecast infrastructure and accurate weather prediction capability.
He further added that NiMet has developed high-impact products as well as helped provide capacities to other African countries, especially within the sub-region.
“One practice that has enabled meteorological development in Nigeria is the strong synergy and support between the political class (which I represent) and the expert (represented by Prof. Matazu).
“We strive to ensure we have the right leadership at the helm of affairs of the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet), and the agency under the leadership of Mansur Matazu, has also demonstrated commitment to excellence by judicious utilisation of resources, broad stakeholders’ engagements, and result-oriented goals with clearly detailed regular reporting” he explained.
He said new products that have been introduced by the agency to include, Seasonal Climate Prediction (including its summary for policymakers and translated version), the State of the Climate in Nigeria, Climate and Health bulletin, Hydrometeorological bulletin, Extreme Weather Events bulletin, Marine Meteorological bulletin, 3-day Impact based Forecast and many more on different timescales and validity.
“NiMet forecasts provide basis for the Annual Flood Outlook and Disaster Preparedness in Nigeria by both Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency and National Emergency Management Agency (which are both in two separate ministries of government),” the Minister said.
He disclosed that NiMet has provided interventions in Liberia, Sierra Leone, The Gambia and Malawi in terms of capacity building, technical assistance, quality management systems, and competency framework.