NiMet AND NASRDA SIGNS MoU; MULLS INDIGENOUS METEOROLOGICAL SATELLITE

NiMet AND NASRDA SIGNS MoU; MULLS INDIGENOUS METEOROLOGICAL SATELLITE

L-R: DG/CEO NiMet, Prof. Sani Abubakar Mashi and DG/CEO NASDRA, Prof. Seidu Mohammed during the MoU signing ceremony at NASRDA headquarters, Abuja
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The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet), has signed an Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the National Space Research Development Agency (NASRDA), to collaborate in the areas of training, technical assistance, development and delivery of products and services.

Speaking during the signing ceremony which held at the NASRDA headquarters in Abuja, Thursday, the Director General/ CEO of NiMet, Prof. Sani Abubakar Mashi disclosed that the MoU defines the goals of the collaboration and specifies the rights and obligations of the parties.

“Accordingly both parties have agreed to collaborate under this MoU to strengthen their capacities through training, technical assistance, development and delivery of products and services with a view to building adequate scientific and professional capacities needed to bring appropriate and effective solutions to the multidimensional problems of the negative impacts of climate change and variability for socio economic benefits of the nation”.

Prof. Mashi who described the signing of the MoU as timely and necessary, also hinted on the possibility of both agencies deploying an indigenous meteorological satellite that would further strengthen the agency’s capability for weather prediction which would eventually benefit the country. He disclosed that NiMet has been consuming satellite meteorological products using third parties, and observed that some products that NASDRA produce are very good satellite products that NiMet require and find useful.

In his response, the Director General of NASRDA, Prof. Seidu Mohammed noted that the two agencies will benefit a lot working together, especially regarding data collection and capacity building among others. He revealed that NASRDA is gearing towards assisting the civil aviation in the country to move away from using radar and replace it with satellite, adding that his agency has the capacity to track aircraft movement in the country real time using their latest Nano satellite.

Prof. Mohammed noted that all over the world, the idea of building satellite has become real and observed that this has been accommodated in the MoU.
The MoU is initially for a four-year term and renewable by the mutual agreement of the parties.