DG NiMet Commissions ABU Weather Stations, Signs MoU with Varsity

DG NiMet Commissions ABU Weather Stations, Signs MoU with Varsity

L-R :Vice Chancellor, Ahmadu Bello University, Prof. Ibrahim Garba and the DG/CEO NiMet, Prof. Sani Abubakar Mashi at the commissioning of the ABU Weather Station in Zaria

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Buoyed by the need to establish more meteorological stations in the country in line with World Meteorological Organization standard, the boat of effective collaboration between the Nigerian Meteorological Agency and other tertiary institutions docked at the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Kaduna state, where Professor Sani Abubakar Mashi, the Director-General/CEO of NiMet commissioned a weather station.
Like the proverbial killing of two birds with one stone, NiMet seized the opportunity to also sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the varsity. Since the inception of his administration, Professor Mashi has been on a drive to improve the working conditions of staff, develop infrastructure and establish collaboration with universities in the country to develop and upgrade their existing meteorological stations based on the needs assessment of that University.
According to professor Mashi, the partnership between NiMet and ABU, Zaria will greatly enhance the capacity of NiMet to give valuable and accurate weather information. “Weather is one critical element that affects everyone. As a university, we believe you have a mandate to produce quality manpower in different aspects of life in order to promote sustainable development particularly in the country. We believe that your mandate and our mandate have a point of convergence, in that whatever manpower, in which field you produce, whether in medicine, agriculture, environmental management, requires weather information because weather affects everything. ABU is a world class university that in our reasoning, deserves a world class meteorological station. So as part of the needs assessment we conducted on Nigerian universities, we were convinced that there is need to intervene and assist the federal universities”, he said.
Furthermore, by assisting the universities, NiMet is in turn expanding its network of stations. Going by the World Meteorological Organization standard, NiMet needs over 9000 meteorological stations to cater for the weather needs of the country but currently NiMet has below a thousand. In fulfilling its mandate as well as meeting with WMO requirement, therefore NiMet has decided to partner with universities to meet their infrastructural deficit and in doing this NiMet is meeting its own target.
While welcoming the DG/CEO NiMet, the Vice Chancellor of the Ahmadu Bello University, Professor Ibrahim Garba promised not only to integrate the study of meteorology in the programmes of the university but also vowed that the university will provide the necessary support and security for the weather station installed in the university.
Meanwhile, the DG/CEO NiMet also commissioned a weather station at the Institute of Agricultural Research, IAR.
During the event, Professor Sani Abubakar Mashi noted that upgrading the weather station is part of the agreement in the MoU signed with IAR.