About Us

In the mid-1950s, the National Meteorological Training School was established at Oshodi, Lagos, Nigeria, to train Class IV Meteorologists. The School was part of the then Nigerian Department of Meteorological Services (presently NIMET). 
 
In 1964, a Regional Meteorological Training Centre (RMTC) was established at Ikeja to train Class III and Class II Meteorologists. These two training centres (National Meteorological Training School/and Regional Meteorological Training Centre) were merged in 1975 and designated Meteorological Research and Training Institute (MRTI) at Oshodi, Lagos, Nigeria. In 1994, the Department of Meteorology (now Department of Meteorology and Climate Science) at the Federal University of Technology, Akure was also designated as the University component of the RTC in Nigeria.  The WMO Regional Training Centre (RTC), under the auspices of Nigerian Meteorological Agency (a division under the Directorate of Research and Training, through which it is funded), is responsible for the training of Meteorological, and Climatological Personnel from Nigeria, English-speaking West African countries and other African countries.
 
The programmes of training are tailored to the needs of National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHs) in the West African sub-region, Armed Forces, Para-Military, Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of the Federal Government of Nigeria and the Media.     
 

Meet Our Instructors

Mansur Bako MATAZU

Mansur Bako Matazu is Professor of Applied Meteorologist. He is the Director General of the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet), permanent representative of Nigeria with WMO and the Chief Training Officer. Professor Mansur Bako Mansur is the Chair, Board of Governors, African Center for Meteorological Application for Development (ACMAD). He was a lecturer at the Federal University, Minna, Nigeria and later moved to the Federal University, Dutsin-Ma, Katsina, Nigeria before moving to NiMet. Has supervised over 60 undergraduate thesis and many postgraduate dissertations. He teaches Satellite meteorology, Synoptic meteorology Aeronautical Meteorology, Climate and climatic change, Environmental monitoring and modelling.  

Effiom Essien OKU

Effiom Oku is a Charles R. Darwin Professor, Institute of Bio paleogeography, Poland. He is the Director of Research and Training of the Nigerian Meteorological Agency and Instructor at the WMO Regional Training Institute, Lagos, Nigeria. He was privileged to attend and complete the 2007 College on Soil Physics at the Earth System Physics and Climate Change Unit of the Abdus Salam International Center for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), Trieste, Italy with funding from the Swedish International Development Corporation Agency (SIDA) fellowship for ‘Africa’s best and brightest brain’.

Juddy Ngozichukwuka OKPARA

Juddy N. Okpara is an Instructor and Facilitator of Training at the UN World Meteorological Organization Regional Training Centre, Lagos Nigeria.  He served as the Head of Hydrometeorological Division of the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet). He had earlier worked as a Weather Observer and Forecaster, Broadcast Meteorologist as a TV weather presenter and producer. He is a doctoral Fellow in Meteorology and Climate Science and   a Fellow of United Nations World Meteorological Organization (WMO). He is an Alumnus of the University of Oklahoma, USA and the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, India. 

Abel Olatunji AKINYEMI

Abel Olatunji Akinyemi is an Aeronautical Meteorologist by training and the Principal of WMO RTC, Lagos, Nigeria. After many years of practicing and being in the field, Abel Olatunji Akinyemi returned to the WMO Regional Meteorological Research & Training Institute (A WMO RTC) in 2014 to continue to train and mentor upcoming Weather Forecasters. He was an International Facilitator of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Training Project for Early Warning Systems at the Gambian Meteorological Services, The Gambia from 2019 - 2021. Upon graduation from the University with a degree in climatology, he was deployed as Aeronautical Meteorological Forecaster (AMF) at the Forecast Office, Nigerian Meteorological Agency, Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, Nigeria.

Julius Ayodele BANKOLE

Julius Ayodele Bankole is the Vice- Principal and Instructor at WMO Regional Training Institute, Lagos, Nigeria. He has mentored many Meteorological students, Local and International within the military in Nigeria and international students from The Gambia, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Cameroun, Niger Republic. He teaches Physics, Advance Calculus, General Meteorology, Synoptic Meteorology, Physical Meteorology, Climatology, Urban climatology, Remote Sensing & GIS, Meteorological Instruments. He has guided many graduating students of WMO Regional Training Institute, Lagos, Nigeria.

Olusegun Amos AREMU

Olusegun Aremu is an Instructor and a Mentor and Trainer of students from Central and Western Africa countries (The Gambia, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Cameroun and Niger Republic) under the sponsorship of World Meteorological Organization. He teaches, Atmospheric sciences, climate change science, advance calculus, differential equation, synoptic meteorology and general meteorology and guides students’ research works in the Agrometeorology, Hydrometeorology and Environmental Sciences.

Temidayo Israel POPOOLA

Temidayo Popoola was an International Facilitator of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Training Project for Early Warning Systems at the Gambian Meteorological Services, The Gambia in 2019, 2020, and 2021. He is a visiting lecturer to the Meteorological Institute of Science and Technology (MIST), Katsina, Nigeria. He teaches Synoptic Meteorology, Dynamic Meteorology, Vector Analysis, Atmospheric Thermodynamics, and Urban Meteorology, and guides WMO Scholars, Trainee Weather Forecasters and Meteorologists’ theses in Mesoscale Convective Systems, Climate Extremes, Satellite Meteorology, Aerosols, Nowcasting, Synoptic Meteorology, and Climate Change Science.

Emmanuel Damilola AWEDA

Emmanuel Aweda is a Meteorologist and Instructor at the WMO Regional Training Centre (RTC) of Nigerian Meteorological Agency, Lagos, Nigeria. At RTC, he teaches Satellite Meteorology, Physics, Mathematics, Climate Change, Hydrometeorology, Physical Meteorology, Dynamic Meteorology and Marine Meteorology. He has participated in many training workshops under the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT) for ocean applications (2017), satellite applications (2018), climate services and marine forecasting (2018) and basic satellite imagery interpretation, identifying African weather systems & features in satellite imagery (2019). Other trainings include training course on Nowcasting Techniques (2020), GIS Training Program using QGIS (2020), Ghana Summer School on Coastal Ocean Environment, University of Ghana (2020) and training on marine productivity and fisheries organized by Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) and African Union (AU) (2022).

Adedeji Oluwafemi SANWOOLU

Adeyemi Sanwoolu, started his career in Meteorology from the Murtala Muhammed International Airport as a Meteorologist in training receiving on ‘on-the-job-training. After 13 years of field experience as an Aeronautical Meteorological Forecaster he returned to the WMO Regional Training Centre (RTC) as an Instructor in November 2015 to continue to train and mentor upcoming Weather Forecasters. He teaches Aeronautical Meteorology, Hydrometeorology, statistics, Agricultural Meteorology aside other adhoc instructional assignments in Codes and Observation and Meteorological Plotting.

Temidayo Israel POPOOLA

Temidayo Popoola was an International Facilitator of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Training Project for Early Warning Systems at the Gambian Meteorological Services, The Gambia in 2019, 2020, and 2021. He is a visiting lecturer to the Meteorological Institute of Science and Technology (MIST), Katsina, Nigeria. He teaches Synoptic Meteorology, Dynamic Meteorology, Vector Analysis, Atmospheric Thermodynamics, and Urban Meteorology, and guides WMO Scholars, Trainee Weather Forecasters and Meteorologists’ theses in Mesoscale Convective Systems, Climate Extremes, Satellite Meteorology, Aerosols, Nowcasting, Synoptic Meteorology, and Climate Change Science.

Emmanuel Damilola AWEDA

Emmanuel Aweda is a Meteorologist and Instructor at the WMO Regional Training Centre (RTC) of Nigerian Meteorological Agency, Lagos, Nigeria. At RTC, he teaches Satellite Meteorology, Physics, Mathematics, Climate Change, Hydrometeorology, Physical Meteorology, Dynamic Meteorology and Marine Meteorology. He has participated in many training workshops under the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT) for ocean applications (2017), satellite applications (2018), climate services and marine forecasting (2018) and basic satellite imagery interpretation, identifying African weather systems & features in satellite imagery (2019). Other trainings include training course on Nowcasting Techniques (2020), GIS Training Program using QGIS (2020), Ghana Summer School on Coastal Ocean Environment, University of Ghana (2020) and training on marine productivity and fisheries organized by Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) and African Union (AU) (2022).

Adedeji Oluwafemi SANWOOLU

Adeyemi Sanwoolu, started his career in Meteorology from the Murtala Muhammed International Airport as a Meteorologist in training receiving on ‘on-the-job-training. After 13 years of field experience as an Aeronautical Meteorological Forecaster he returned to the WMO Regional Training Centre (RTC) as an Instructor in November 2015 to continue to train and mentor upcoming Weather Forecasters. He teaches Aeronautical Meteorology, Hydrometeorology, statistics, Agricultural Meteorology aside other adhoc instructional assignments in Codes and Observation and Meteorological Plotting.

Joyce Olusola OYEGOKE

Joyce Oyegoke joined the services of the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet). She obtained the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Certificate in Meteorology after receiving training in Basic Meteorology at NiMet WMO Regional Training Centre (RTC) in Lagos, Nigeria. She started her meteorology career assignments at the then newly commissioned Ibadan Airport in Nigeria, as a Weather Observer. She returned to the same Institution in 1998 to 2001 where she obtained the WMO class II and Advance class II Certificates, respectively. In 2004 she was at the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA) where she obtained the Bachelor of Technology degree in Meteorology.

Maxwell U. Isioro

Maxwell Isioro is an alumnus of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and an Instructor at the WMO Regional Training Institute, Lagos-Nigeria. His current interest is the West Africa weather modelling using big data and re-parametrization of existing European models to suit local needs. Aside analytics, he creates easy to understand teaching aids for abstract meteorological concepts through animations. It is his belief that learning is more impactful when students can visually relate to abstract concepts.

ORAMALUGO FELICIA NNEAMAKA

Oramalugo Felicia Nneamaka started her career with the Federal Ministry of Education as a Tutor before joining the service of the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) she is an Instructor at the NiMet WMO Regional Training Centre (RTC). she teaches Agrometeorology, Climatology and Hydrometeorology. Some of the course she has attended include; Application of Climate Data in Water Recourse and Agricultural management for the Nigerian Meteorological Agency January 9-18-2012, organized by Galilee International Management Institute, Galilee Israel, Performance Improvement workshop organized by International Prime Resource Development Limited in Lagos, in 2008, Agrometeorology for farmers of the MetAgri phase 3 project conducted by the Regional Meteorological Research and Training Institute (A WMO RTC) Oshodi, Lagos, Nigeria, Teaching methodology programme organized at the Regional Training Center Oshodi Lagos between 13th June, 2019-15th., Annual management conference. Theme: Nigeria shall rise again, November 7th and 8th 2005 by Nigerian Institute of Management, Operation management course organized by the universal school of Aviation Lagos February 18th to19th 2021.

Maduagwu Chinomnso Grace

Maduagwu Chinomnso Grace is an Instructor with the WMO Regional Training Centre, Oshodi, Lagos, Nigeria. She was privileged to attend and complete the on-line course on Climate change and Agromet with Nanjing University, China in 2021. She was a lecturer in Applied Meteorology at the Water Resources Training School, in the Gambia in the year 2018/2019 and 2021 academic years. As an Instructor at the RTC, she teaches Meteorological codes and Observations, plotting and Climatology at Regional Training Centre Oshodi-Lagos, Nigeria.

Ibrahim Ismail Rafindadi

Ibrahim Ismail Rafindadi is a Certified Librarian of the Librarian Registration Council of Nigeria. A holder of the B.Sc. (Hons) degree Library and Information Science from Umaru Musa Yar’adua University, Katsina, Nigeria. He helps users, patrons and clients who consist of all the staff and students of WMO Regional Training Centre, Lagos and other visiting library user to find relevant knowledge and information in order to satisfy their information need. She teaches the use of library to Meteorological students and guide instructors and research student on sourcing for materials.

Mutiat Olaide SHOLADEMI

Sholademi Mutiat is a Meteorologist and the Head of the Marine Weather Forecasting Centre Lagos under the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) and an Instructor at the WMO Regional Meteorological training institute (RTC), Lagos, Nigeria. She started her career in 1991 as a Meteorological Technical Officer in Training and graduated with a distinction. Mutiat worked at the Marine weather station at Victoria Island Lagos, Nigeria after her training at the RTC. Thereafter, she proceeded to the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) in Nigeria in 1997 and obtained the BSc. (Hons) in Water Management and Agricultural Meteorology.

Ajiboye Bamidele SHOLADEMI

Sholademi Ajiboye is a Meteorologist who majors in Agricultural Meteorology with interest in modelling and forecasting crop yields. He is also an Instructor at the WMO Regional Meteorological Training Institute (RTC), Nigeria. He was employed as a Meteorological Technical Officer in training at the RTC, Lagos, Nigeria. He worked at the Forecast office Ikeja, Lagos as Weather Observer for some years before proceeding to the Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta (FUNAAB), Nigeria, where he obtained his BSc degree in Agricultural Meteorology. He is presently undergoing postgraduate studies in Agricultural Meteorology in the same Institution.

Helen lfepade OLUWATOSIN

Helen lfepade Oluwatosin, is a Meteorologist by training, Instructor at the WMO Regional Training Institute, Lagos, Nigeria She teaches Physical Meteorology, Upper Air Observation and Meteorological Statistics with application of Microsoft Excel and SPSS tools. She was privileged to attend and complete advanced forecasters course organized by Meteo France, Toulouse, in year 2012 and Air Pollution Control Training at Finnish Meteorological Institute in Helsinki, Finland in 2013 under World Bank sponsorship. She is a Doctoral Fellow in Climatology and a member of Nigerian Meteorological Society.