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Nigeria loses £79m to foreign weather service providers

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Nigeria has been losing millions of pound sterling annually to outsourcing of weather information to foreign weather service providers by oil companies.

This follows findings that Shell paid about £79m to the United Kingdom Meteorological Agency for weather information between 2017 and June 2019.

Director General of the Nigerian Metereological Agency (NIMET) Abubakar Mashi, who received House Committee members on Aviation yesterday in Abuja lamented that it was unfortunate that the agency has been unable to prosecute such offenses against the country.

He pointed out that in spite of laws empowering NIMET to provide weather forecast information to agencies and organisations as at when needed, there were indications that foreign weather service providers have been exploiting the country and taking revenue that should accrue to the nation.


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