World Meteorological Day: NiMet set to invest in meteorological, hydrological services
In commemorating the World Meteorological Day, Nigerian Meteorological Agency, NiMet, has disclosed plans to invest more in meteorological and hydrological services across the country.
This, according to NiMET will enhance services delivery that will support marine, coastal management, weather and climate predictions and Safety of Life at Sea.
According to the DG, this has become necessary across the world, as water levels across the world ocean are rising due to climate change, which in turn comes with devastating impacts.
He urged Nigerians to heed to the rainfall prediction as given by the agency, to help “secure lives and property along the coast, and mitigate the impact of climate and weather extremes”.
On efforts of the Federal Government to mitigate the negative impacts of flooding this year, the DG noted that the predications came early enough to buy Nigerians time to prepare ahead.
While noting that Nigeria is the only country in West Africa that produces its own annual rainfall predictions independently, he added that this year’s prediction released in February, is currently being translated into the three main Nigerian languages for easy comprehension of the average Nigerian.
“What Federal Government is doing is that we produce forecasts and present them to the public to give warning. NEMA is also helping in areas like flooding.
“NiMet as at today, has over 10 marine meteorological stations along the coastal belt of the country,” he explained.
National Officer of the World Meteorological Organization, WMO, Dr. Roland Abah noted that it has become very critical to see how much impact the world makes in disrupting the climate.
“The balance of the ocean and the atmosphere is very important. It is important to predict and know what is happening in our continent fast,” he stated.
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