NiMet is Committed to Providing Accurate Weather Data | The Guardian Nigeria News

The Nigeria Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has reiterated its commitment to producing accurate weather and climate data that would ensure the safety of life and property in the aviation sector.

As such, the agency said it has resumed training and retraining of its aeronautical weather observers and forecasters in the country, to improve the quality of service delivery in the sector.

NiMet’s Managing Director/General Manager, Prof. Mansur Bako made this known recently by declaring open a one-week refresher capacity for 40 aviation weather observers and forecasters in Katsina State.

Represented by the agency’s director of weather forecasting services, Eng. Mailadi Yusuf; Bako said the aviation industry is the most safety conscious in the world and that NiMet has played an important role in updating passenger and pilot safety over the years in the country.

He said, however, that despite the successes, there was a need for the country’s aviation weather observers and forecasters to be trained and retrained to comply with global best practices.

He said it was because of this that NiMet started retraining industry watchers and forecasters, but the exercise was temporarily put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

He, however, said that with the resumption of training, observers and forecasters across the country could be retrained so that accidents and related problems in the country’s aviation sector are greatly minimized.

Bako assured that the agency is committed to implementing this retraining capability to meet the safety standards and guidelines specified by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), the Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

He said the training would help forecasters and observers design routes for aircraft to avoid hazardous phenomena such as lightning, icing, turbulence, thunderstorm and other flight hazards that could affect the ability of a flight to take off or arrive at its destination on time.

He said the 40 participants were selected from all 36 states of the federation and further training would be organized for those who have not yet participated across the country.

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