NiMet Partners UniAgric, Makurdi, to Promote Research for National Development
DG/CEO NiMet Prof. Sani Abubakar Mashi and the Vice Chancellor, University of Agriculture Makurdi, Prof. Anande Kimbir after the signing of an MoU at NiMet Headquaters to promote research and training for national development.
______________________________________________________________________ In line with its mandate of providing meteorological services aimed at stimulating the growth of the nation, the Nigerian Meteorological Agency, NiMet, has entered into partnership with the Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi, Benue State.
The partnership, which is one of the 34 entered into with universities across the country by the agency, was formally consummated with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, at the corporate headquarters of NiMet, Abuja.
The MoU, according to the Director-General/CEO, NiMet, Professor Sani Abubakar Mashi, was borne out of the ongoing drive to get pioneer universities with existing meteorological stations incorporated into the national pool of meteorological stations, in order to provide timely and accurate weather and climatic information/data to promote national development. ‘’We undertook a pilot visit to pioneer universities to understand their meteorological needs, so as to bridge the gaps and upgrade their meteorological stations for national use. After noticing their various challenges, we are embarking on a campaign of upgrading their facilities as well as capacities to generate and analyse Met data in line with global laid down procedures, with the aim of infusing these stations into the national pool of data. Our target therefore is to ensure every university in the country has a functional meteorological station’’.
Mashi who further stressed that, Agriculture represents one major activity that cannot do without weather from beginning to end, added that as an agricultural institute, the Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi, cannot be teaching agriculture without adequate weather information, be it in Agronomy, Animal science etc.
Reacting to the Director-General’s speech, the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor Anande Kimbir, applauded him for this laudable drive of repositioning meteorology for greater growth, while expressing his optimism that the efforts would indeed boost training, research and community services in the university in line with its mandate.
This effort further underscores NiMet’s resolve to attain sufficiency in terms of the number of meteorological stations as specified by the World Meteorological Organisation, WMO.
The MoU would also provide avenue for training/capacity development for technical and academic staff of the university, among others.