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NiMet pledges commitment to accurate weather data

By Danjuma Michael, Katsina
09 September 2022   |   3:26 am
The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has reiterated its commitment to churning out accurate weather and climate data that would ensure the safety of lives and property in the aviation sector.

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The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has reiterated its commitment to churning out accurate weather and climate data that would ensure the safety of lives and property in the aviation sector.

This is as the agency said it has resumed the training and retraining of its aeronautical meteorological observers and forecasters in the country, as a way to improve quality service delivery in the sector.

Director-General/Chief Executive Officer of NiMet, Prof. Mansur Bako, made this known recently while declaring open a week-long retraining capacity for 40 aeronautical meteorological observers and forecasters in Katsina state.

Represented by the agency’s Director of Weather Forecasting Services, Engr. Mailadi Yusuf; Bako, said the aviation industry is the most safety-conscious globally, and that NiMet has played an important role in actualising the safety of passengers and pilots over the years in the country.

He, however, said that despite successes, there was the need for aeronautical meteorological observers and forecasters in the country to be trained and retrained to meet with best global practices.

He said it was because of this that NiMet began retraining observers and forecasters in the sector, but that the exercise was temporarily put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

He, however, said that with the training resumption, observers and forecasters across the country would get to be retrained so that accidents and related problems in the nation’s aviation sector would greatly be minimised.

Bako assured that the agency was committed to carrying out such retraining capacity to meet the safety standards and guidelines specified by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) and the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO).

He said the training would help forecasters and observers to design routes for aircraft to avoid hazardous phenomena like lightning, icing, turbulence, thunderstorm and other flight hazards that could affect a flight’s ability to depart or arrive at its destination on time.

He said the 40 participants were selected from across the 36 states of the federation and that more training would be held for those yet to participate across the country.

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