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NiMET records reduced weather related accidents

The Nigeria Meteorological Agency (NiMet) says weather-related accidents and incidents in Nigeria have drastically reduced due to accurate, reliable and real-time weather information.

Director, Forecasting Services, NiMet, Mailadi Yusuf, in an interview at a two-day NEEDS Assessment workshop in Aviation, Marine and Oil and Gas in Lagos, said this had been made possible with massive investments in meteorological infrastructure across airports in the country, as well as adequate personnel and manpower development.

Mr Yusuf also hinted that the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) have expressed satisfaction with the accuracy of NiMet’s weather forecast for the aviation sector.

As he put it, “this is the kind of service that [NiMet] is prepared to deliver to the maritime sector”, and added that stakeholders in the Marine sector “are urged to patronize the products and services of the agency instead of relying on foreign providers”.

NiMet has the capacity and the wherewithal to deliver and meet the needs of the maritime industry, he stressed.

On the recent flooding in some states, the NiMet Director appeared to pull no punches, insisting that some states failed to take NiMet’s warnings seriously, even refusing to honour invitations from the agency on training sessions on how best to use the information it provided to them.

The two-day workshop is designed to interact with stakeholders in the marine sector, to know what their needs are, and provide them with the requisite information that will help them develop their sector.

Reporting by Nosa Aituamen; Editing by Omotola Oguneye and Tony Okerafor