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.    

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