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NiMet to establish community-based flood early warning system

The Nigerian Meteorological Agency NiMet says it is planning to establish a community-based flood early warning system.

This is to mitigate the challenges of climate change as well as promote the coordination and partnership with grassroot stakeholders.

The Director-General, NiMet, Prof. Mansur Matazu made the announcement during the signing of Memorandum of Understanding on advisory data sharing information, between NiMet and the International Rescue Committee, IRC in Abuja.

The NiMet boss explained that one factor that aids in the mitigation of climate change disaster is early warning, and it prompted the UN to publish a policy statement, that in the next five years, all citizens should have access to early warning.

According to him, NiMet had since keyed into the initiative via its early warning publications and other products.

The Country Director, International Rescue Committee, Mr. Babatunde Ojei, applauded NiMet’s provision of prompt and accurate weather and climate information.

Mr. Ojei, explained that the partnership of NiMet and IRC would further strengthen and develop links with local organizations, increase the adaptation of NiMet data, as well as provide farmers with the resources to effectively utilize the data derived.

He revealed that IRC is a nongovernmental organization committed to providing services to enhance survival and rebuild lives of people affected by conflict and disasters including those imposed by climate change.

Reporting by Nosa Aituamen; Editing by Oluwaseyi Ajibade & Annabel Nwachukwu