The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) is to collaborate with the West African Science Service Centre on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use (WASCAL) on capacity development.

This was disclosed by the Director General/CEO of NiMet Prof. Sani Abubakar Mashi when a team from WASCAL paid him a courtesy call in NiMet headquarters.

Represented by the Director, Finance and Accounts, Mr. Reuben Jigah, Prof. Mashi welcomed the team and expressed the desire of his agency to collaborate with WASCAL on capacity development. Speaking he acknowledged that “climate change has become a global issue, which we cannot run away from. . . Nigeria and indeed Africa are vulnerable to the vagaries of climate change, so anything we can do proactively in this part of the world to further reduce disaster in these related areas is highly welcomed by NiMet.” Adding that NiMet is willing to collaborate with any organization that will enhance the agency’s service delivery.

In his response, the leader of the WASCAL delegation and Chairman WASCAL board, Prof. Peter Dery said that his team was on a three-day working visit to Nigeria, and NiMet being WASCAL’s strategic partner, they are here to express their appreciation “for all that you have been doing and to see how we can map out next steps as we move forward in the coming years” he added.

In his response, the Executive Director, WASCAL, Prof. Jimmy Adegoke disclosed that WASCAL basically focus on capacity building, research and climate services, which he enjoined NiMet to take advantage of since these are areas NiMet has interest adding that NiMet can make use of this opportunities though the various platforms his organization provides. Prof. Adegoke therefore suggested that both organizations should engage in a high level technical discussion, stressing “ lets engage and lets figure out how to better leverage and better utilize the resources we have to support your national objectives here as NiMet, he concluded.