….wants States to heed nimet flood warnings
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, Mr. Mailadi Yusuf in an interview at a 2-day NEEDS Assessment workshop in Aviation, Marine and Oil and Gas in Lagos said, this had been made possible with the massive investments in meteorological infrastructure across airports in the country, adequate personnel and manpower development.
He also noted 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.
“In the aeromet in the aviation sector, this air traffic accident and incident due to weather have significantly reduced if not totally eliminated, we dont have issues we don’t pray for accidents and we are not saying we are 100% perfect”.
Mr. Yusuf emphasized that, this is the kind of service it is prepared to deliver to the maritime sector, adding that, stakeholders in the Marine sector are urged to patronize the products and services of the agency instead of relying on foreign providers.
According to him, NiMet has the capacity and the wherewithal to deliver and meet the needs of the maritime industry.
On the recent flooding in some states, the NiMet Director said, some states failed to take their warnings serious even when they offered training on the use of the information they did not come.
“If they had listened to us, we had offered after the presentations we now said, invite us, get your stakeholders together, let us come and train them in the use of the information, let us come and engage with them so that we can have a window whereby we will be communicating with them, give them updates reminding them that the forecast said this and by certain period expect this unfortunately they did not come forth”.
The 2-day workshop is to interact with stakeholders in the marine sector to know what their needs are and provide them with the kind of information that will help them develop their sector.