The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) under the Leadership of its Director General, Professor Mansur Bako Matazu achieved a double milestone. He signed two MoUs with the Indian Meteorological Department and the World Meteorological Organisation Respectively.
These milestones MoUs were signed at the recently concluded 76th Session of the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) Executive Council (EC) held in Geneva, Switzerland. Both events were witnessed by the Honourable Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika. Areas of collaboration with the Indian Meteorological Department include the conduct of Scientific, Technical and development of practical skills that will benefit both agencies’ like Numerical Weather Prediction Capability, Meteorological Sensor Designing, Satellite Meteorology, Scientific research on Meteorology and its applications in various sectors.
Following our MoU with the Indian Meteorological Department, NiMet signed another agreement with the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) on the Scientific Observations Financing Facility (SOFF) Project to peer review of Liberia and Burkina Faso in the first instance. The SOFF initiative spearheaded by the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres efforts that early warning services reach everyone in the next five years.
Signing the MoU will further strengthen the capacity of NiMet and sister agencies in Africa on weather and climate observation thus bridging the data gap while contributing to global sharing. SOFF is a financial mechanism that is expected to strengthen weather and climate observations, improve early warnings to save lives, protect livelihoods and underpin climate adaptation for long- term resilience. WMO, UNDP and UNEP Legally established SOFF at COP 26 as a Multi-Partner Trust Fund.