NiMet EXPLORES COOPERATION WITH KOREAN MET ADMINISTRATION
L-R: Deputy Administrator, Korean Meteorological Administration (KMA), Dr. Po Kor Choi, DG/CEO NiMet, Prof. Sani Abubakar Mashi and the Director, International Cooperation Division, (KMA), Won Jae -Gwang Phd. during a visit by the Korean delegation to NiMet Headquarters Abuja, recently.
The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) is to collaborate with the Korean Meteorological Administration (KMA) for the improvement of the NiMet’s products and services.
This was made known when the Director General/CEO of NiMet, Prof Sani Abubakar Mashi played host to the KMA Deputy Administrator, Dr. Po Kor Choi and Director, International Cooperation Division of the KMA, Won Jae-Gwang Phd, at the NiMet headquarters in Abuja recently.
In his welcome address, Prof. Mashi acknowledged the successes achieved by KMA in the area of weather forecasting and expressed NiMet’s desire to leverage on this for the modernisation of its infrastructure, especially in the area of Research and Training, Capacity Building, Climate Services and Automation of Observation Networks.
He also urged KMA to assist NiMet in rescuing and archiving its over 100 years data using advanced technology as it did in Botswana.
Responding, the KMA Deputy Administrator, Dr. Po Kor Choi disclosed that they are in Nigeria for two major reasons, first to identify other possible areas of cooperation with NiMet apart from giving NiMet scientific and technical assistance, training of NiMet staff, as well as upgrading the agency’s ICT department as captured in the MoU under consideration.
The second reason for the visit was to formally solicit the support of NiMet as it plans to run for the position of the second Vice President of World Meteorological Organisation, WMO.
It would be recalled that Prof. Mashi and some of his management team had visited Korea in 2017 and used the opportunity of the visit to acquaint the Koreans with the status of NiMet’s modernisation of meteorological services.
The Korean delegation was later conducted round the various installations and operations at the NiMet headquarters with the view to acquainting them with the current capacity and capabilities of NiMet.