L:R: Engr. Kenneth Sunmonu Water Resources Component Manager of the TRIMING Project receiving the MoU document from Prof Bako Matazu Director General Nigerian Meteorological Agency in Abuja shortly after the duo signed MoU.
The Nigerian Meteorological Agency, NiMet, is set to come up with detailed irrigation requirements for river basins across the country.
The NiMet Director General, Prof. Mansur Matazu says, this would help Improve access to irrigation and drainage services and increase yields and strengthen agricultural service delivery in Nigeria.
Prof. Matazu disclosed this during the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding MoU between NiMet and the Federal Ministry of Water Resources represented by the World Bank implementation of the Transforming Irrigation Management in Nigeria (TRIMING) Project.
Emphasizing NiMet as a critical stakeholder in the execution of the TRIMING Project, the NiMet DG said, the Agency had been working in synergy with the Ministry since the inception of the project, which informed the signing of the MoU.
He stated that, the integration and adequate use of weather and climate information into the design of the project would aid and mitigate siltation, water logging, and also provide hydrological ratio for irrigation requirements.
Responding, the World Bank, Water Resources Component Manager of TRIMING Project Mr. Kenneth Sunmonu commended the key role played by NiMet in the climate information generation and agro-meteorological services.
He also applauded the Agency’s commitment to quality climate services and access to hydro-meteorology data as its visible in the establishment of the world class Automated Weather Observation Station (AWOS) across the Nation.