By Emmanuel Daudu, Abuja
The 22nd Ordinary Session of the Governing Board of the African Centre of Meteorological Applications for Development (ACMAD) under the aegis of the Honourable Minister of Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika, and the Chairmanship of Professor Mansur Bako Matazu, Chairperson of ACMAD Governing Board, preceded by the Second Steering Committee Meeting of ACMAD-ClimSA Project was concluded in Abuja-Nigeria at Reiz Continental Hotel in Abuja on Friday.
The Director General NiMet Prof Mansur Matazu in a press conference after the event said that the program has addressed two major challenges. “The first challenge is to work towards ensuring that African countries have quality operational. The second is to address the issue of operational connection between the meteorological services and disaster management or civil protection”.
Speaking further on the outcome of the event, Prof Mansur has this to say, ” I’m more on application of metrology for developments, in which Nigeria was gonna volunteer, elected as a chair. So we had the cause to host the 22nd Ordinary session of the Board of Governors, whereby we deliberated on issues concerning the applications of metrological products and information, especially in African countries taking cognizance of the changing climate, an increase in extreme events on the continents. So we resolved that all African countries should try to bridge the gap between early warning and early action, and it does begin with the early collection of data from metrological parameters, developing early warning products and services, and also for the users to take up the advisories and utilize them for improvement in livelihood as a reduction especially effects of extreme weather events as we have seen recently even in Nigeria.
“My joy is, that Nigeria is taking the lead on who can assist in many African countries. We’re very grateful to the Government of Nigeria, under the supervision of the firms of addition for providing this support in which mid service of this country is seen as the best in Africa. And many countries are coming to learn from us. We’ve been providing product services that are very critical to sustain achieving sustainable development in this country. We have recently released our seasonal and full prediction plan, unveiled by our Minister of Labor in which pieces of advice were preferred for various sectors of the economy.
” Also, we’re beginning to see the realization of this forecast and will also advise all enablers, various ministries and departments and agencies of government to relay this information to users and for different users to now align our objective space on the advisory.
” So generally 54 African countries coming together on the ACMAD Regional Center is indeed a serious issue of concern and we thank God that aim is achieved.
“So the board members deliberated and approved on work plan and activities of the center that is based in the management of liquid and also reviewed the performance, came up with the reforms of institutional and governance reform for the center and others to deliver effective services to the nation and Africa”, he added.