NiMet Signs MoU with Kebbi State Government on Airport Management
L-R: Mr. Abubakar Atiku Bunu, the Commissioner of Works and Transport, representative of the Governor of Kebbi State and Prof. Sani Abubakar Mashi, the DG/CEO NiMet, after the signing of the MoU at NiMet headquarters, Abuja.
Weather forecasting plays a key role in the safety and economy of aviation around the globe. Aviation-specific weather generated, helps airliners and operators to fly in a safer environment and it also helps them fly in a more economic fashion, which saves fuel and money for the airliner.
For the above reason and many more accruable benefits, the Nigerian Meteorological Agency, NiMet, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Kebbi State Government on the management of Sir Ahmadu Bello International Airport, (SABIA) Birnin-Kebbi.
According to the Director-General/CEO of NiMet, Professor Sani Abubakar Mashi, “when an airport is opened, an important component of the airport is the generation and provision of meteorological information. Besides NiMet’s statutory responsibility of providing weather information to enable all the sectors of the Nigerian economy make informed weather decision, NiMet’s paramount objective is safety of air navigation, hence, we deployed staff and equipment to the SABIA even before the MoU was signed’’.
Professor Mashi also added that though NiMet, as stated earlier, have been providing aeronautical meteorology to Sir Ahmadu Bello International Airport free of charge, there is need to firm-up the synergy by legalizing it. By so doing, obligations of the two contractual parties will be spelt out.
On his own part, the Governor of the State, who was represented by the Commissioner of Works and Transport, Mr. Abubakar Atiku Bunu, thanked NiMet and its management for the support given the Kebbi State Government since when the idea of Sir Ahmadu Bello International Airport, Birnin-Kebbi was mooted to its actualization stage. “Since the establishment of SABIA in 2014, NiMet has been very supportive; from provision of technical and logistical support to assisting in ensuring that the airport gets certified for flight operations. It is also worthy of commendation that since the establishment of the airport, NiMet has not charged Kebbi government anything hence, this MoU will give the state government, the legal backing to start disbursing funds to NiMet in order to cover for its cost of operation’’ he said.
Weather has a significant impact on airport operations and the integration of aviation meteorology with air traffic management is essential to a hitch-free airport operation.
With the establishment of the Sir Ahmadu Bello International Airport, Birnin-Kebbi, the Kebbi state has received a substantial transportation boost which will enable them move their rice produce from one place to another as one of Nigeria’s largest producers of rice.