NiMet INAUGURATES YOUNG METEOROLOGICAL AMBASSADORS PROGRAMME
The DG/CEO NiMet Prof. Sani Abubakar Mashi with some members of the Young Meteorological Ambassadors from Government Science Secondary School, Abaji. . .after the inauguration on Thursday
In a bid to increase the knowledge and consciousness of meteorology in the minds of the younger generation and to expand on its corporate social responsibility, the Nigerian Meteorological Agency has inaugurated the Young Meteorological Ambassadors Programme.
During a brief ceremony to mark the event which took place at the Agency’s Headquarters in Abuja on Thursday, the Director – General/CEO, Prof. Sani Abubakar Mashi explained that the “ Young Meteorological Ambassadors programme was borne out of the desire to cascade the value of weather information down to the young populace in our dear country”.
Prof. Mashi observed that this will not only satisfy the natural curiosity of the teeming students/pupils in understanding the dynamics of weather as evident by the increase in the number of excursions undertaken to NiMet facilities on weekly basis by different schools but also have a robust national network of weather observatories.
The DG/CEO who described the programme as not just a way to downscale the agency’s weather monitoring system, but also to raise interest on the environment and atmospheric phenomenon, said that NiMet will provide and install standard meteorological observatories in the various schools selected.
Prof. Mashi said he is hopeful that the schools will make good use of the facilities and assured that adequate training will be provided for the geography instructors on how to take readings and record them properly in meteorological form.
On how the programme will be sustained, he said “We will make sure the programme is sustained and expanded. It is in our plan that this project, which has as its pilot stage, ten schools representing all the Area Councils in the Federal Capital Territory, will eventually be expanded to other parts of the country in the subsequent phases”.
In her welcome speech, the Coordinator of the programme and Assistant General Manager, Forecast Office, Mrs. Idumu Mosumola, said that the Agency will keep organizing periodic meetings, which will serve as excellent learning opportunities for the young ambassadors.
The Young Meteorological Ambassadors programme has as its core objective, raising interest in the subject of meteorology among the younger generation by bringing the science and knowledge of meteorology to their academic environment. It will also expand NiMet’s network of observatories, which in turn will generate real time data needed for improved weather forecasting services in the country.