DG/CEO NiMet, Prof. Sani Abubakar Mashi (L) and the Vice Chancellor of FUTA, Prof. Joseph Adeola Fuwape (R) in a hand shake after signing the MoU.
The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) and the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA), have signed a Memorandum of Understanding. The collaboration is aimed at facilitating NiMet’s mandate of providing efficient and reliable meteorological information to various end-users through enhancing the intellectual capacity of its staff to ensure perfect service delivery.

The agreement, which has formalised the relationship between the two organisations, is also to advance the FUTA vision of enhancing academic excellence through capacity building, and is for a duration of five years at the first instance.
The Director-General of NiMet, Prof. Sani Abubakar Mashi, made this known during the signing ceremony that took place in Akure recently.

Prof. Mashi said the execution of the MoU is a first step in strengthening the relationship between NiMet and FUTA as it defines the goals of the collaboration and specifies the responsibilities, rights and obligations of both parties.

He said NiMet has a regional training centre in Lagos, which is affiliated to World Meteorological Organisation, WMO, with FUTA as its university component as stipulated by WMO guidelines. In this regard therefore, the two parties will establish an academic and scholarly co-operative linkage that will enhance scientific and technological development of both institutions in the delivery of their respective mandates.

Other high points of the MoU, the DG explained, are that both organisations will seek financial support from national and international bodies to promote the objectives of the collaboration, as well as jointly organise conferences, seminars, symposia, special short term academic programmes et al, that are mutually beneficial to them.
He therefore, urged the total commitment of both parties to ensure full realisation of the objectives of the partnership.

Responding, the Vice Chancellor of FUTA, Prof. Joseph Adeola Fuwape commended the Director-General of NiMet for formalising the relationship, and said FUTA has the human resources and academic faculties to complement the human resources and facilities of NiMet spread across the country, thereby making the acquisition of weather data and information better.

He stressed that the deliverables from the partnership will not only benefit the nation, but also the whole world because meteorology is global. “Whatever happens in one part of the globe happens at the other. When it has to do with weather, there are no borders and that is the beauty of meteorology”, he added.

Prof. Fuwape therefore pledged his institution’s commitment to ensuring that the relationship is not only fulfilled, but also beneficial to all.