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The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET) came into existence by an Act of the National Assembly – NIMET (Establishment) ACT 2003, enacted on 21st May 2003, and became effective on 19th June 2003 following Presidential assent.

It is a Federal Government agency charged with the responsibility to advise the Federal Government on all aspects of meteorology; project, prepare and interpret government policy in the field of meteorology; and to issue weather
(and climate) forecasts for the safe operations of aircrafts, ocean going vessels and oil rigs.

The Act also makes it the responsibility of the Agency to observe, collate, collect, process and disseminate all meteorological data and information within and outside; co-ordinate research activities among staff, and publish
scientific papers in the various branches of meteorology in support of sustainable socio-economic activities in Nigeria.

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Our Mandate

Observing, Analyzing, timely and accurate reporting of weather and climate information for socio-economic development and safety of lives and property.

Our Vision

To be a world class Provider of weather and Climate Services for safety and Sustainable National Socio-Economic Development.

Our Mission

To observe Nigerian Weather and climate and provide Meteorological, Hydrological and Oceanographic services in support of National and International obligations..

NiMet DG Advocates Multi- Agency Cooperation in Flood Mitigation.

The Director-General/CEO of NiMet, Professor Mansur Bako Matazu has called for multi-agency cooperation in strengthening mitigation, adaptation and reduction of risks associated with floods.

Prof. Matazu made this assertion while presenting a goodwill message at the public presentation of the 2022 Annual Flood Outlook (AFO) by the Nigerian Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA).  Speaking through Director of Applied Meteorological Services of NiMet, Prof. Charles Anosike, who represented him at the event, harped on the importance of Early Warning and the potential positive impact on the economy and livelihoods of citizens when properly utilised.

The Director-General said that NiMet has, since February 15, 2022, released its Seasonal Climate Prediction (SCP) for the year with its attendant socio-economic implications. He explained that the effort to produce this prediction and release it to the public with sufficient lead-time, is for stakeholders, policy makers and the entire populace to take advantage of the prediction and advisories to make adequate climate smart and weather-wise plans and decisions.

He said for the year 2022, the rainfall has already been established in all southern cities in line with the predictions and is gradually getting established across the central part. In a few weeks rainfall would be fully established across the country, he observed.

Speaking further, he said the rainfall amount is generally expected to be normal in most places.  However, short-duration, high-intensity rainfall that characterised the onset months usually comes along with flash floods due to excess runoffs. For this and more, the Annual Flood Outlook is highly essential in reducing risks associated with all kinds of floods as would be unveiled. In this wise therefore, the essence of multi-agency cooperation must be stressed and appreciated.

Prof. Matazu further stressed that members of the public should avoid human activities that could jeopardise efforts being made by NiMet, NIHSA and all actors in managing risks such as our States and National emergency agencies. He also called on States and Federal actors to take up these predictions in order to reduce risks.

He congratulated the Honourable Minister for Water Resources, Engr. Suleiman Adamu and the Director-General of the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA), Engr. Clement Nzeh for the public presentation of the 2022 Annual Flood Outlook (AFO) by the Agency considering the importance of early warning and its impact on the economy.

In attendance were the Honourable Minister of Water Resources, Engr. Suleiman H. Adamu, representative of the Honourable Minister for Environment, DG NEMA, DG FERMA, all other relevant agencies as well as stakeholders in the industry.

NiMet Harps on Forecast Feedback

The DG /CEO NiMet Prof. Mansur Bako Matazu has reiterated the importance of getting feedbacks on the forecast issued. Prof. Matazu disclosed this during his welcome address at the opening ceremony of the 2022 Edition of the workshop on Agro-Hydo-Climatic characteristics of the major rainy season in the Sudan and Sahel countries (West Africa sub-region including Mauritania and Chad) PRESA-SS

Represented by the Director of Weather Forecasting Services, Engr Mailadi Yusuf, Prof. Matazu said “Many times we don’t bother about what happens at the end of the cycle of our predictions. We solely rely on the same scientific methods we employ in developing the forecasts to evaluate their accuracy.” Prof. Matazu further stressed that it is important that a framework is developed that can be deployed to independently monitor the forecasts and report back in order to assess the accuracy.

Earlier in his opening remarks the Head, Department of Research and Information, at the Centre for Agricultural and Hydrological Meteorology, AGRHYMET, in Niamey, Niger Republic, Dr. Abdou Ali, disclosed that many actors are waiting for the outcome of this Forum to plan their activities.

Dr. Ali stressed that the workshop is important because it is “where we are going to do the co-production and expect commitment of all the participants”. He assured that with the cooperation of the department of AGRHYMET they will do their best to strengthen the commitment. On behalf of its partners, Dr Ali then recognised and thanked NiMet for its commitment to the association.

The objective of the workshop is to strengthen the capacity of National Meteorological and Hydrological Services NMHSs, through the co-production of agro-hydro-climatic forecasts for enhance productivity, sustainable development and disaster risk reduction.

It also aims to strengthen the capacity of participants on the techniques of analysis and characterization of Agro-Hydro-Climatic risks related to the main rainy season for the Sudan and Sahel regions.

Regional Forum on Seasonal Forecasting of Agro-Hydro-Climatic Characteristics of the rainy season for the Sudan -Sahel zone

PRESA-SS 2022 EDITION: DAY5

Participants begin collation and harmonisation of results i.e Hydrology, Agromet and Climatology. Findings will be made public at the closing ceremony on Monday 25th April 2022.

NiMet TO WORK WITN NSCDC ON INFRASTRUCTURE SECURITY

The Director General/ CEO of the Nigerian Meteorological Agency, NiMet, Prof. Mansur Bako Matazu has expressed NiMet’s willingness to work with the Nigeria Security & Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, for the protection of its security safety critical equipment.

Prof. Matazu made this known when he received in audience a delegation from the NSCDC who were on a courtesy visit to NiMet.

Describing the visit as apt, Prof. Matazu disclosed that it was a critical time for NiMet as the Agency has been “experiencing serious challenges with the security of our infrastructures across the country”. These instruments and sensors he said, are located in very isolated and at times inaccessible points that make them very vulnerable to threats of theft, vandalization and damages. He disclosed that some of this equipment are located at the airport environment and they are security safety critical equipment because operations at the airport rely on the Agency’s services. Prof. Matazu disclosed that it was this issue that necessitated writing a letter to NSCDC in 2019.

Earlier in his address, the leader of the team from NSCDC, Assistant Commander General, ACG, Critical National Assets & Infrastructure Department, Dr. Benito Eze mni, (CNAI), headquarters Abuja who came on the instance of the Commandant General Dr. Ahmed Abubakar Audi mni, said his team is in NiMet to discuss issues on how the two organisations can effectively partner.

He disclosed that part of the core mandate of the NSCDC, which informed the establishment of the Corps is the aspect of critical national assets and infrastructure protection and that it was in 2019 that the Corps got the first correspondent towards protecting NiMet’s facilities thereafter they deployed their personnel across the states to do the Threat and Vulnerability Assessment noting that a report was then sent to NiMet but due to the pandemic nothing was done until 2021 when NiMet got across to NSCDC to bring up the issue. He therefore called for an interface to review the report.

In his response, Prof. Matazu commended the efforts of the NSCDC in boosting the security section of the Agency and acknowledged the receipt of the Vulnerability Threat Assessment report. He thereafter proposed that a committee be constituted from both organisations to update the report and come up with recommendations and implementation plans.