AGRHYMET Trains NiMet and NIHSA Technical Staff

AGRHYMET Trains NiMet and NIHSA Technical Staff

The Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel (CILSS) has commenced a one week training session for technical staff of the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) and the Nigerian Hydrological Agency (NIHSA).

The training exercise which is in fulfilment of one of the cardinal objectives of the Niamey, Niger-based CILSS – the transfer of tools, methods and products developed by the Committee for countries in the Sahel Region is being conducted by a three-man team of experts from AGROmeteorology, Hydrology, METeorology (AGRHYMET).

Prof. Sani Abubakar Mashi, Director General and Chief Executive Officer of NiMet chaired the opening ceremony. He was represented by Mr. Joseph Alozie, General Manager, Climate Services at NiMet.

The DG/CEO in his opening remarks through Mr. Alozie, expressed his satisfaction with the training exercise, saying it is in consonance with his commitment to enhance the Agency’s staff welfare and capacity building.

Prof. Mashi said the NiMet Lagos office has a regional centre for data collection and e-data archiving adding that NiMet, in collaboration with other centres in the region, produces and issues bulletins on climate monitoring and other services.

Dr. Abdou Ali, an expert in hydrometeorology, who headed the CILSS team stated in his remarks that one of the key objective of the training programme is to provide technical support in data management. Another is the improvement of hydro climate services for the sustenance and institutionalisation of enhanced skills in data management.

He said the capacity building in the training programme will focus on updating the CLIDATA system at NiMet, as well as imparting some state-of-the-art methods and tools in hydrometeorological data analyses and processing suitable in the current context of climate change and the use of adequate ground-based data network.

Their mission, he said, is also aimed at supporting and developing an integrated national agrometeorological and hydrological bulletin as part of the operational climate monitoring in Nigeria.

The three-man team is made up of Dr. Abdou Ali, Senior Expert in Hydrometeorology as head, Mrs. Hadiza Boubakar, IT expert and Mr. Bernard Minoungou, a Hydrometeorological modelling scientist.