European Commission - ECHO To Partner NiMet On Disaster Risk Reduction

The Director-General and Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet), Professor Charles Anosike has commended the European Union (EU) for its various interventions in Nigeria.

Professor Anosike was speaking when a delegation from the Directorate General- European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (DG-ECHO), paid him a courtesy visit in his office in Abuja on Monday, 23rd May, 2024.

Professor Anosike welcomed the idea of the DG-ECHO partnering with NiMet in disaster risk reduction. “The proposed partnership with the DG-ECHO in disaster risk reduction is good for Nigeria, for our farmers and operators in other economic sectors. NiMet already disseminates weather and other climate related information on a daily basis. The weather advisories and forecasts we issue help to reduce disasters. Also, the weather data we issue to NIHSA helps them in the preparation of their annual flood outlook”.

Concluding, Professor Anosike said; “When people are aware of extreme weather events, they prepare for it”.

On her part, a member of the delegation who spoke on behalf of the EU team, Lisa De La Rubia, said that the DG-ECHO considers NiMet a critical agency hence the desire to partner with it. According to her, “DG-ECHO sees strong potentials for partnership with NiMet in setting up systems and strategies over the next three years towards disaster risk reduction in Nigeria”.

The Director of Weather Forecasting Services (WFS) at NiMet, Professor Vincent Weli and other senior members of staff of the agency were present during the courtesy visit. Other members of the DG-ECHO team are; Charlotte Billoir, Comfort Agwu and Sandra Romero Ruiz.

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