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Why NiMet remains best meteorological service in Africa, by DG

The Director General, Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet), Prof. Mansur  Matazu, says the efficient policies of the Federal Government and  effective implementation of objectives have sustained NiMet as the best meteorological service in Africa.

Prof. Mansur Matazu
Prof. Mansur Matazu, Director-General, Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet)

Matazu, who made this known on Tuesday, December 27, 2022, in Abuja, stated that the agency developed and worked with approved work plan of programmes and activities by the Minister of Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika, to guide the agency’s strides.

“For these work plans, reports are routinely provided to the Federal Ministry of Aviation through the Honourable Minister. The work plan was produced to monitor the progress and achievements of each policy thrust.

These policy thrusts include – improved governance and institutional setting, effective partnership to improve service delivery, upgrade of observational infrastructure and improve data and product sharing policies.

“Enhance numerical model and forecasting tools and applications, improve climate (risk early warning and advisory services), enhance products’ dissemination and outreach, performance summary of strategic objectives and Improve our contribution to climate Services,” as part of the thrust, he said.

Matazu said NiMet had successfully extended its coveted International Standard Organisation (ISO) 9001:2015 and 29990:2010 Certificates for provision of aeronautical meteorological services at airports and capacity building at its Regional Training Centre in Lagos for another year.

According to NiMet boss, the extension came after successful rigorous maintenance audits were carried out on airports and in the regional training school by the ISO through CERTECH earlier this year.

“Meanwhile, On June 7, the Honourable Minister of Aviation Senator Hadi Sirika, commissioned NiMet Pilot Briefing Room at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.

“Also on that same day, the minister commissioned NiMet’s state-of-the-art Central Forecast Office and Conference Hall at the Headquarters,” he said.

NiMet bagged most improved aviation agency of the year 2022 award while Matazu bagged the CEO of the year 2022 award.

Matazu was conferred with Fellow of Risk Managers Society of Nigeria (RIMSON) as well as the distinguished service award by the Rotary Club of Abuja Metro (RCAM).

This was done in recognition of his integrity, professionalism, commitment and contribution to risk management in Nigeria.

RCAM is said to be the biggest Rotary Club in Africa with membership of over 200 persons from various professions.

By Gabriel Agbeja

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