NiMet Gets Research Grant from the United Kingdom
The Nigerian Meteorological Agency, NiMet has earned a research grant from the United Kingdom Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) to African Science for Weather Information and Forecasting Techniques (SWIFT).
The research, which is intended to improve the existing specialty and accuracy of NiMet forecast making it more spatial and targeted, would also benefit different sectors of the nation’s economy.
The beneficiaries of this grant were carefully selected in line with their area of specialization and expertise, which suits the above grant. The experts from NiMet are: Mr. Ibrahim Ishiyaku, Aeronautical Meteorologist, Dr. Mansur Matazu, Meteorologist/Climatologist, Dr. Kamoru Lawal, Specialist in Atmospheric Science, and Mr. Eniola Olaniyan, Numerical Weather Prediction Scientist.
The staff therefore will participate in International Research Project with Global Consortiums over a four-year programme by joining the team of 25 UK and 45 African Atmospheric scientists, Social scientists and Operational forecasters who would undertake fundamental scientific research into the physics of tropical weather systems, evaluation and presentation of complex model, satellite data, communications and exploitation of forecasts. The project which would have direct impact on aviation, agriculture, energy, water resources, health and emergency response will ensure results can be translated beyond partner countries and into the wider developing world.
This achievement further underscores NiMet’s pace-setting efforts in technological advancement of Nigeria and its ability to hold its own in the comity of scientists. The participation of NiMet in this unique international African SWIFT project, will strongly support its capacity as a major training hub for Meteorology and Climate Sciences and as the WMO Regional Meteorological Training Centre for West Africa.
NiMet, as provider of weather and climate forecast, in collaboration with Federal University of Technology, Akure, and other partners, will be involved in the study of predictability of African rainfall on sub-seasonal timescales, skill assessment of sub-seasonal to seasonal models, Satellite and remote sensing as well as synoptic methods of forecasting major rain-producing systems over West Africa. This will further help to produce highly–skilled professionals for Nigeria and West Africa in order to address the region’s weather and climate challenges.
Mr Ibrahim Ishiyaku joined the former Department of Meteorological Services now Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet), in I983 and proceeded to acquire different degrees such as B.Tech (Meteorology), Post Graduate Diploma (Computer Science) and most recently a Master’s degree in Environmental Management (MEM).
Ishiyaku is a Meteorologist with a bias for Aeronautical Meteorology, a field he has immersed himself into for several years. The evidence of this can be seen in the many aviation committees he has been drafted into as a member. He has also coordinated the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Task Team on Aeronautical Meteorology on an international scale as well as being a member of the same weather forecast regulatory body, (WMO’s) Expert Team on Communication, Coordination and Partnership (ET-CCP). He is currently a General Manager, Aeronautical Meteorology.
Dr Mansur Bako Matazu joined the Services of Nigerian Meteorological Agency in 2015. An Associate Professor of Applied Meteorology/Climatology, he has taught at the Department of Geography, Federal University, Dutsinma and Department of Geography of the Federal University of Technology, Minna, with about fifteen years of teaching and research experience. He has published numerous research papers on various aspects of Theoretical, Dynamic and Applied Meteorology in reputable international and local journals. His Research and administrative experience focuses on Physical Geography, Environment, Agriculture and Climate Change Vulnerability and Adaptation. At the Climate Change Centre, FUT Minna, he participated in Strategy development, Policy formulation, Performance reporting, Project Management and public Outreach. Specifically, he was involved in the development and Roving workshop for the Farmer’s Guide Project in Jigawa State, as well as the Eco-Climatic Atlas Project for the Six Geo-political Zones in the Country. He also Coordinated North western states in the Forestry budget monitoring project sponsored by USAID and MSI in 2005 in addition to being the Project Coordinator for MERIT Nigeria- A WHO and HCF supported program focusing on Meningitis Environmental Risk Information Technologies (MERIT). He was also a recipient of the prestigious Netherland Government Fellowship (NUFFIC) for Post-Doctoral studies at Erasmus Universities, Rotterdam. Matazu, is currently the General Manager Meteorological Research and also doubles as Technical Assistant to DG/CEO NiMet.
Dr Kamoru Abiodun LAWAL joined the then Department of Meteorological Services, now Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet), in 1987 as a Meteorological-Assistant-IV-in-Training. He studied meteorology at the Federal University of Technology, Akure, and graduated in 1997 (B. Tech., Second Class Upper) and 2010 (M. Tech., Distinction). Lawal has worked in various departments of NiMet. Chiefly, he has been in the Research and Training Directorate of NiMet since 2009 after working for a very long time as Aeronautical Meteorologist. His passion is to impart knowledge to younger generations. He had taught various meteorological courses at the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) affiliated Meteorological Research and Training Institute (MRTI) situated in Oshodi, Lagos. Formerly, the Head-in-charge of the Directorate Research and Training whose duty is to oversee and coordinate the day-to-day running of the operational activities of the directorate. Lawal completed his PhD program at the University of Cape Town in 2015. He is a specialist in Atmospheric Science. He is currently a Deputy-General Manager, Research and Training.
Mr Eniola Olaniyan joined the former Department of Meteorological Services, now known to be Nigerian Meteorological Agency in November 1989 as a Meteorological-Assistant-IV-in-Training. He studied meteorology at the Federal University of Technology, Akure, and graduated in 1999 with B.Tech Hons in meteorology. He obtained a M. Sc Geography with major in Climatology at the University of Lagos. He is currently running a PhD program (on the use of sub-seasonal to seasonal forecast and its application in health) at the Federal University of Technology, Akure and also a senior associate at the International Center for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), Trieste, Italy. Mr Olaniyan has worked in various departments of the Agency and he is presently an Assistant General Manager, responsible for the Numerical Weather Prediction