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NiMet alerts public to disregard NLSRC’s lightning strikes publication

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NiMet alerts public to disregard NLSRC’s lightning strikes publication

By Emmanuel Daudu

The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has called on the general public to disregard a publication made by Nigerian Lightning Safety and Research Center (NLSRC) to the Nigerian public, alerting them to the possibility of lightning strikes across Nigeria in the month of May, 2023.

According to a press release signed by the GM/Public Relations, NiMet, Muntari Yusuf Ibrahim, “NiMet wishes to inform the public that at no time did it authorize NLSRC to issue any such weather forecast to the public, as this is the statutory function of the Nigerian Meteorological Agency.

“NiMet is statutorily mandated under Sections 7 (1) (a) and (i) of the Nigerian Meteorological Agency Establishment Act, 2022 (NiMet Act), to advise the Federal Government on ALL aspects of meteorology and to collect, process and disseminate ALL meteorological data and information within and outside Nigeria. NiMet is also the SOLE AUTHORITY to prescribe and issue the meteorological data and information required for all sectoral activities in Nigeria (Section 7(2)).

“Further to the above stated provisions, any person who collects, uses or disseminates weather forecast or any other meteorological information obtained from any other source outside the approval, licence or authority of the Agency for commercial or public purpose, commits an offence and is liable upon conviction to a fine or a term of imprisonment or both (Section 30 (2) of the NiMet Act).

“Consequently, the public is hereby advised to totally discountenance the information issued/disseminated by the NLSRC as stated above, as well as any meteorological information issued or to be issued by this body or from any source outside of the Nigerian Meteorological Agency or the Agency’s approval/authorization.

“NiMet is not responsible or liable in any way for any consequence(s) resulting from reliance or acting upon the said weather information issued by NLSRC or any meteorological/weather information obtained from any source outside of its approval/authorization.

“The public is hereby advised to obtain all weather related information/warning from NiMet Headquarters Abuja, NiMet official website @ www.nimet.gov.ng, any duly authorised publication or any NiMet licensed/authorized body, in line with the requirements of the law, as this will help ensure the accuracy and reliability of such information. The public is further advised to promptly report any observed unauthorized dissemination of weather/meteorological information to the Agency through the office of the Director General/CEO or send an Email to info@nimet.gov.ng”, he added

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NiMet Boss Re-elected As Member Of The WMO Executive Council

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NiMet Boss Re-elected As Member Of The WMO Executive Council

The Director General/ CEO Nigerian Meteorological Agency NiMet and Nigeria’s Permanent Representative to the WMO, Professor Mansur Bako Matazu has been re elected into the Executive Council of the World Meteorological Organisation,WMO.

Professor Matazu, who has been a Member of the Executive Council since his assumption of office, was recognized for his dedication and commitment to the advancement of the science of meteorology and to humanity, and so was unanimously elected to represent Regional Association I (Africa) of WMO alongside Kenya, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Eswatini, South Africa, Egypt, Burkina Faso and Cote d’Ivoire.

Professor Matazu’s election, which is for a period of four years,was held during the 19th session of the WMO congress.

The World Meteorological Congress, is the highest decision-making body of the World Meteorological Organization, comprising 193 Members States and Territories referred to as Members.

During the congress, members go through various technical documents and take decisions to make our land, atmosphere, and water safe, including the Early Warning for All Initiative of the United Nations, which WMO leads.

As it is the tradition of the organisation to elect a new Secretary General at the ongoing Congress.
After going through several rounds of ballots, Argentina emerged as the President of the organisation replacing Germany whose tenure elapses after the Congress.

In similar vein, United Arab Emirates, Ivory Coast, Ireland and India emerged as the First, Second and Third Vice Presidents respectively.
Other Members so elected to the Executive Council representing the remaining 5 Regional Associations of the WMO are China, Saudi Arabia, Japan, Republic of Korea, United Arab Emirates, India, Peru, Guyana, Brazil, Argentina, Canada, United States of America, British Caribbean, Curacao & St. Maarten, Jamaica, Australia, Singapore, Indonesia, Tonga, United Kingdom, Germany, Switzerland, Romania, Czech Republic, Norway, Italy, Turkey, and France
The next financial year of the WMO begins from January 2024 when the tenure of the current WMO Secretary General would have expired

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UN-SDG Youth Nigeria Office Set To Partner NYCN South East Zone on Diverse Youth Empowerment Projects

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UN-SDG Youth Nigeria Office Set To Partner NYCN South East Zone on Diverse Youth Empowerment Projects

As part of efforts towards amplifying Youth involvement towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals- SDGs, the Office of the Country Representative for Nigeria / African Regional Representative – UN-SDG Youth International, is set to Partner with the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN), South East Zone in executing lots of youth empowering Projects.

According to a statement signed by Miss Olubode Sara Motunrayo, Administrative Assistant – Nigeria Office, nigeria@sdgyouth.org on Wednesday in Abuja disclosed that the partnership will spring up training of 3, 000 Youth on Digital Economy, training of 1, 000 Youth on Climate Action, Empowerment of 2,000 Youth through Food Systems & Agriculture, Flag-off of the Nigerian Youth Volunteer Fire Fighters Scheme, Gender Equality Programs, Entrepreneurship Training leveraging African Continental Free Trade Area – AfCFTA and many others.

According to her, “to ensure smooth implementation of the above-mentioned Projects, SDG Youth International (Nigeria Office) will Officially sign a Partnership Agreement with the NYCN ( South East Zone) on Saturday, 3rd June, 2023 in Enugu”.

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FCDO, UK Visits NiMet For Collaboration On Research

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FCDO, UK Visits NiMet For Collaboration On Research

As a follow up to the workshop on Flood Early Warning held last year in Nigeria by UN SPIDER /NARSDA/ NIMET /NIHSA/ NEMA in which lack of effective risk communication was identified as one of the critical gaps in the disaster response early warning and disaster management, the United Kingdom government through the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) paid a visit to the Nigerian Meteorological Agency, NiMet, to propose and implement a research project to plug the evidence gap around effective scientific and space-based Flood risk communication to enable efficient action by all stakeholders (technical vs no -technical, state vs non-state actors, national vs sub-national, Institution vs individuals) amongst several objectives.

In her introductory remarks at the meeting in NiMet headquarters, a member of the team and the Team leader innovation, Leone Jones, said that the United Kingdom has quite extensive programmes most of them being long term thematic programmes that are managed out of UK.

She added that her team is in Nigeria with support to do “Specific research that responds to particular needs or questions that are very relevant for our team’s office or for yourselves and partners across the country, so that is why we developed this programme, working with yourselves and others leading in flood risk across Nigeria on a particular piece of research”, she said.

Leone revealed that her team would talk to different relevant agencies to make sure they are aware, and to socialize the research and get the various agencies’ input.

“The important thing for us is that anytime that we fund research, it needs to respond to your priorities, it needs to be something that is useful to your needs and its a known gap thing and is delivering against your priorities, that is important for us”, she stressed.

In her submission another member of the team and team lead on climate change and nature, Matinez Sokey disclosed that their portfolio is shifting and reflects the importance that FCDO is placing on climate change.

“ So we are thinking about how we should focus our efforts more on climate. What we see is a country which is already feeling the effects of climate change in different ways and different places”, she reiterated

Adding, Matinez further observed that some fantastic works on early warning system is going on in Nigeria but disclosed that her team would want to know the challenges NiMet is getting from the early warning systems they set up and how it is getting to the individual communities and families or farmers who need the information, because that is what the research or work is all about.

Speaking, Emmanuel Taiwo, the Climate and Environment adviser, who said he was impressed with the facilities at NiMet disclosed that he had the privilege to be part of the work on HydroSoS and outlook system, which he said he is glad it is being utilized in Nigeria.

The Research and innovation adviser, Segun Adetunde, reiterating the purpose of their visit, said “ why we are here is to improve the effectiveness of flood risk communication within the country”.

He noted that FCDO can actually do something to plug the gaps that have been identified and what can be done and how the coordination mechanism can be improved that currently exist in the country in respect to flood risk prediction along the nexus of flood risk communication.

In his response, Chief Meteorologist at NiMet, James Ijampy explained how NiMet was able to monitor the flood last year and how the various stakeholders were alerted and subsequently with the cooperation of the various stakeholders, were able to communicate same to the communities.

“ The multi-sectoral really worked last year in terms of coming together, monitoring and issuing forecasts”.

He noted that the forecast should be demand-driven as some of the information are key for adaptation.

Speaking Oyegade Adeleke, Assistant General Manager, Climate Services in NiMet, opined that climate change has come to stay that we can only build resilience and adapt to it.

“After a flood you see a community totally helpless. They can’t even recover, they can’t even go back to their farms. That is the gap we must try to fill in this kind of project. How do we help people to build resilience and recover after devastation?”, he queried.

Earlier in his introductory remarks, the Director of Research and Training, Professor Effiom Oku who represented the Director-General Professor Mansur Bako Matazu , while welcoming the team, gave a brief history of NiMet, while appreciating them, he assured that NiMet will work with the team for the success of the project.

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