DG NiMet inaugurates committee to review Agency’s condition of service

By Favour Nnabugwu

 

 

The Director General of the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet), Professor Charles Anosike has on Friday, inaugurated a Committee to review the Agency’s Condition of Service (CoS).

In his speech, the Director, Weather Forecasting Services , Professor Vincent Weli who represented the DG/CEO observed that the review has become as the last one done over five years ago is no longer in tune with current realities.

Professor Charles Anosike who described the task as significant noted that it is an opportunity for the committee, “to come up with a Condition of Service that not only meets the present needs but anticipates future challenges and opportunities”.

Speaking further, Professor Anosike tasked the Committee to consult widely, within and outside the Aviation sector and identify benchmarks of best practice as this will not only improve NiMet’s operational efficiency but enhance the welfare of staff.

The Committee has a month to submit a draft copy to the Management for consideration.

WIGOS, NMHSs to build observing capabilities…NiMet DG/CEO Prof. Anosike

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L- Abubakr Salih Babiker, Technical Coordinator for Infrastructure, WMO Regional Office for Africa, Addis Ababa, Mr Bernard Gomez, WMO Representative for North Central and West Africa, Professor Charles Anosike, Director General and Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet)/Nigeria’s Permanent Representative with the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), Luis Nunes, WIGOS Scientific Officer (WMO),and Tchinda Tazo Simplice,

 

 

By Favour Nnabugwu

 

 

The Director General and Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet), and Nigeria’s Permanent Representative with the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), Professor Charles Anosike has
said that through the WMO Integrated Global Observing System (WIGOS), National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs) such as NiMet will be able to build observing capabilities.

This he said will enable the duo to achieve better data coverage at national, regional, and global level, improve economic efficiency and close existing data gaps.

Professor Anosike was speaking in Abuja on Tuesday, 28th May, 2024, while welcoming participants to the four-day training workshop for Regional WIGOS Centres in WMO Regional Association ( RA 1 – West Central Africa).

The workshop which aims at equipping participants with sufficient skills to use the WIGOS tools particularly for Regional Wigos Centres (RWC) functions, make them be aware and better understand their responsibilities related to RWIC functions.

Professor Anosike noted that the North, Central and West Africa region is facing challenges associated with diverse climatic conditions and the socio-economic impacts of weather extremes. “We are vulnerable to droughts, floods and other weather and climate-related natural disasters that can have devastating effects on our economies. Therefore, strengthening meteorological infrastructure and human capacity has become a top priority”, he said.

Professor Anosike commended the WMO Regional Office for North, Central and West Africa for its continued support for capacity development in Africa, and the opportunities available to NMHSs in the region.

The workshop which drew participants from across Africa including Mr Bernard Gomez, the WMO Representative for North Central and West Africa, ends on Friday, 31st May, 2024.

NiMet partners TVC on weather, climate information dissemination

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L – Professor Charles Anosike, the Director-General and Chief Executive Officer of NiMet, and Victoria Ajayi, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of TVC, at the signing of MOU between NiMet and TVC on weather and climate information dissemination, at NiMet headquarters, Abuja, on Friday, 17th May, 2024.

 

 

By Favour Nnabugwu

 

 

 

The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet), is partnering leading broadcast media organization – TV Continental (TVC), in the dissemination of weather and climate information.

Speaking at the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between NiMet and TVC at NiMet’s headquarters in Abuja on Friday, 17th May, 2024, the Director-General and Chief Executive Officer of NiMet, Professor Charles Anosike, described the MOU signing between the two organizations as one that is worth celebrating because of the potential benefits to the public and the Nigerian economy.

“Accurate weather and climate information shared with members of the public, and operators in sectors such as aviation, agriculture, marine, oil and gas, construction etc, using various media channels such as TVC helps the public and critical stakeholders in making climate -resilient decisions”.

Continuing, Professor Anosike said that some people misunderstand the mandate of NiMet hence the need to partner with TVC and other media organizations to communicate climate and weather information timely.

According to Prof Anosike; “NiMet does not only do weather forecasting. We also communicate the impact of the forecasts to farmers and other stakeholders. The MOU with TVC will help us to reach wider audiences through our daily weather forecasts and other climate and weather -related content”.

Concluding, Professor Anosike said; “The partnership with TVC is coming at the right time as we are about to launch our new generation TV weather broadcast graphics alongside other content. Presently, NiMet is disseminating the report of the 2024 seasonal climate prediction (SCP) to farmers and other stakeholders nationwide. We need TVC and other media organizations to help broadcast these to the public”.

On her part, Victoria Ajayi, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of TVC thanked the DG/CEO of NiMet for the warm reception accorded her team. “It is an honour to be partnering NiMet in providing broadcast services that will impact positively on the lives of Nigerians and sectoral players including farmers. A lot is happening at NiMet under the leadership of Prof. Charles Anosike and we are happy to be part of that change. TVC will support NiMet to communicate widely its activities. We assure NiMet of our support and want people to always see TVC as that media organization where they can get first-hand information on weather and climate information”.

Present at the MOU signing were NiMet’s Directors; Prof. Vincent Weli (Weather Forecast Services), Barr. Shola Gabriel (Legal Services), Dr. Nasiru Sani (Human Resources and Administration), Mrs Glory Onyegbule (Applied Meteorological Services), Technical Assistants, Haruna Zakari, and Oluwaseun Idowu. Also, TVC staff members; Babajide Kolade-Otitoju (Group Controller, Current and Public Affairs), Stella Din (Director News), and Emeka Chukwuma (Head Commercial).

NiMet, FUPRE partner on eeather observation, research & E-Learning

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L- Professor Charles Anosike, Director-General and Chief Executive Officer of NiMet, and Professor Akpofure Rim-Rukeh, Vice Chancellor, Federal University of Petroleum Resources Effurun (FUPRE), Delta state, at the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), between NiMet and the university on Thursday, 16th May 2024.

 

By Favour Nnabugwu 

 

The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet), is to collaborate with the Federal University of Petroleum Resources Effurun (FUPRE),Delta state, on weather observation, research and e-learning.

This was disclosed by the Director-General and Chief Executive Officer of NiMet, Professor Charles Anosike, on Thursday, 16th May 2024, at the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), between NiMet and the university.

Professor Anosike observed that oil companies have weather stations spread across the shores of Nigeria, which are illegal according to the new NiMet Act. He said that these weather stations need to be registered with NiMet in compliance with NiMet Act and solicited the collaboration of the University to achieve this.

Speaking further, Professor Anosike noted that the partnership with the petroleum institution will not only help improve data gathering on climate risk in the area, but also strategically make NiMet become the centre of excellence in disseminating the risk to the oil and gas sector.

“I will like the Federal University of Petroleum Resources Effurun (FUPRE), to take advantage of NiMet’s e-learning services that will soon be unveiled. It would actually fast-track introduction of joint courses between FUPRE and NiMet”, Professor Anosike concluded.

On his part, the Vice Chancellor of FUPRE, Professor Akpofure Rim-Rukeh disclosed that the institution expects support from NiMet in the installation of observatory stations, training personnel on generation of weather data that can support research, journals and academic publications and other good interventions that will impact on the university and its environment.

Amongst other things, the MoU aims to establish a collaborative framework between NiMet and FUPRE for joint efforts in research, training and promotion of activities relating to meteorology/climatology and climate change in Nigeria. Specifically the MoU will have NiMet Install its observatory station known as Resident Observatory Station (ROS) in suitable locations within FUPRE for the purpose of carrying out meteorological activities.

The MoU signing was witnessed by the Director, Legal Services of NiMet, Barr. Shola Gabriel and other staff of the Agency. The Vice Chancellor of FUPRE, Professor Akpofure Rim-Rukeh signed on behalf of the Federal University of Petroleum Resources Effurun (FUPRE) , Delta state, while Professor Anosike signed on behalf of NiMet.

 

NiMet, Financial Reporting Council to collaborate in promoting sustainability practices

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L- Rabiu Olowo, Executive Secretary and Chief Executive Officer of Financial Reporting Council (FRC) of Nigeria, and Professor Charles Anosike, Director General, Chief Executive Officer of Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet), during a courtesy visit by NiMet team to FRC in Abuja on Monday, 13th May, 2024.

 

 

By Favour Nnabugwu 

 

 

Teams of the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet), and the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) of Nigeria, have met to discuss areas of partnership towards improving sustainability practices by corporate organizations in Nigeria.

During a courtesy visit on the Executive Secretary and Chief Executive Officer of FRC in Abuja, Dr. Rabiu Olowo, on Monday, 13th May, 2024, the Director General, Chief Executive Officer of NiMet, Professor Charles Anosike said; “Climate change is fast becoming a priority for financial regulators.

The work we do at NiMet through our weather and climate reports are the foundation for sustainability practices. This partnership will enable NiMet and FRC to jointly develop capacity”.

While welcoming the NiMet team, Dr. Olowo said; “There are opportunities for alignment between NiMet and FRC in fulfilling the core mandates of the two agencies, especially in the areas of sustainability reporting, climate risks and opportunities. Although we are championing sustainability reporting, FRC is also promoting sustainable practices among Nigerian organizations”.

Some directors and senior staff of the two agencies were present during the courtesy visit

NiMet, GRMA partner on climate risk modeling

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Left – Alastair Norris of The Global Risk Modelling Alliance (GRMA), Professor Charles Anosike, Director General, Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet), and Nigeria’s permanent representative with WMO, Renuka Srinivasan of the GRMA, and Falemi Ayodeji of The National Council on Climate Change, NCCC, during a courtesy visit on Prof. Anosike at NiMet Headquarters in Abuja, on Thursday, 2nd May, 2024.

 

By Favour Nnabugwu

 

The Nigerian Meeorological Agency (NiMet) and the Global Risk Modelling Alliance (GRMA) have expressed a willingness to partner with each other in creating and enhancing access to risk
data and models.

During a courtesy visit on the Director General, Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet), and Nigeria’s permanent representative with WMO, Professor Charles Anosike, on today, Alastair Norris and Renuka Srinivasan from the GRMA said the proposed partnership will also cover application of open source platforms and open standards designed to inform risk financing, and providing technical assistance via strategic and operational projects co-defined with key stakeholders in Nigeria.

According to Prof. Anosike, “Nimet welcomes the idea of the proposed partnership with GRMA to support our efforts and improve our forecasting and dissemination capacity”.

He further stated that the agency provides early warnings to farmers and other stakeholders by downscaling and disseminating the seasonal climate prediction (SCP).

Professor Anosike also highlighted that pilot briefings and daily advisories on weather and climate conditions are other ways NiMet provides early warnings to the aviation sector.

The Global Risk Modelling Alliance (GRMA) is a technical assistance programme funded by the German government. GRMA leverages public and private sector risk expertise to enhance capabilities in vulnerable communities to undertake risk analytics.

Falemi Ayodeji of The National Council on Climate Change, NCCC, accompanied the GRMA team during the courtesy visit. Mrs Gloria Onyegbule, Director, Department of Applied Meteorological Services (DAMS), and Mr James Ijampy, Chief Meteorologist at NiMet, were also present.

 

Aviation Minister Keyamo charges on early climate information

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L –  Director General of Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA), Engr. Clement Nze, Representative of AGRHYMET DG, Dr. Abdou Ali, Director General/Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet), Professor Charles Anosike, Honourable Minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development, Festus Keyamo, Dr. Rowland Abah, Representative WMO Rep. For North, Central and West African Regions, and ECOWAS Commission Representative,

 

By Favour Nnabugwu

 

 

The Minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development, Mr. Festus Keyamo, has tasked participants at the Regional Forum Workshop on Seasonal Forecasts of Agro-hydro-climatic characteristics of the rainy season for the Sudanian and Sahelian zones of West Africa and the Sahel (PRESASS), to downscale outcome of the workshop to their local communities.

Mr Keyamo who spoke in Abuja during the closing ceremony of the workshop on Friday, 26th April 2024, said;
“The outcome of the Regional Climate Outlook Forum for West Africa and the Sahel is a great planning tool for governments and policymakers across the region.

We are very aware of the great challenge of the 21st Century, climate change, extreme weather events and food security to mention a few. To combat these challenges, it has become imperative that weather and climate information are not only accurate but also produced and disseminated early.

Thus, the need for Early Warnings. It is based on this that the Nigerian Government deemed it fit to provide all the necessary support through the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet), the Nigerian Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA) and AGRHYMET Regional Centre to host this year’s forum here in Abuja”.

Continuing, Mr Keyamo said;
“The Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has taken seriously the issuance of Early Warnings for its citizenry to de-risk sectoral activities and avert losses.

Earlier in the year, the Government through NiMet had a public presentation of the Seasonal Climate Prediction (SCP), an early warning tool that highlights vital Weather and Climate information that may affect socio-economic activities in air, land, and water transportation, agriculture, water resources, disaster management and mitigation, health, tourism, sports, power & energy etc. A similar event was recently held by NIHSA where the Annual Flood Outlook was released to Nigerians”.

“As we settle down to listen and discuss the details of the forecast produced for West Africa and the Sahel Region for the 2024 rainy season,

My message is that as we return home to our various countries with the informationand forecast from this year’s forum, we should ensure that these products don’t end up inside the shiny offices in our capital cities. The real work of downscaling them to our local and rural communities just started. This is the only way the United Nations’ target of Early Warning for All (EW4ALL) by 2027 can be met”, Mr Keyamo concluded.

In his own remarks, the Director General/Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet), Professor Charles Anosike, commended AGRHYMET and ACMAD for sustaining the Regional Climate Outlook since 1998. He congratulated them and the local organising committee for putting together a successful forum.

Mr Rowland Abah who represented the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) Representative for North, Central and West Africa, said; “The output of this workshop provides additional Early Warning information for the countries in West Africa and the Sahel to support localized forecast and effective planning to mitigate climate-related hazards envisaged in 2024”.

Concluding, Mr Abah remarked that; “Climate change poses existential threats, and this is why the United Nations Secretary General has urged all countries to ensure that Early Warning Systems cover all citizens by the year 2027”.

The Director General of Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA), Clement Nze, and other representatives of other related agencies were present at the closing ceremony.

This year’s PRESASS brought together participants from 16 countries from the West African region and lasted from 22nd to 26th April, 2024.

 

 

NiMet, TAHMO sign MoU on network of weather stations across Nigeria

By Favour Nnabugwu

 

 

The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet), yesterday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Trans-African Hydro-Meteorological Observatory (TAHMO), a non-governmental agency, to expand NiMet’s network of weather stations across Nigeria.

Signing the MoU on behalf of NiMet, the Director General, Chief Executive Officer of NiMet, and Nigeria’s permanent representative with World Meteorological Organization (WMO), Professor Charles Anosike said;

“On behalf of NiMet, I am proud to be associated with the TAHMO project. NiMet wishes to further the engagement by extending it to the marine sector as well”.

Els Veenjoven and Prof. Ahmed Balogun signed on behalf of the TAHMO project.

NiMet unveils new Website

By Favour Nnabugwu

 

 

The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet), has unveiled a new website which the agency’s Director General, Chief Executive Officer, and the permanent representative of Nigeria with the World Meteorological Organization (WMO),

Professor Charles Anosike says is; “More functional, interactive, dynamic and compares with websites of Met Offices in other parts of the world. The new website which can be accessed through our nimet.gov.ng domain has been meticulously designed by our internal ICT staff from the ground up, with a primary focus of establishing a sustainable and scalable portal for the agency”

. Continuing, Prof Anosike said that the unveiling of the new NiMet website, “is part of ongoing efforts by the new management of the agency to reposition the agency for improved and effective service delivery. This is in addition to other initiatives which are in line with the Aviation sector roadmap of the Federal Ministry of Aviation and Aerospace Development “.

Cyprian Okpalaku, Special Adviser on Information Communication Technology (ICT) to DG/CEO of NiMet, said that with the new website; “members of the public can effortlessly request data and monitor the progress of their requests directly through the portal. Also, the weather forecast widget has been revamped to enable partner agencies or organizations to easily integrate it into their own websites”.

Okpalaku listed other features of the website to include; per section view homepage design making it easy for visitors to concentrate on one content section at a time thus enhancing user experience, improved responsiveness ensuring optimal viewing and functionality across all devices,
secured back-office security matrix, highlighted enhanced features such as former Directors General sections, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) display, archive and documents section,

NiMet Chat Box – an intelligent chat box which acts as a NiMet agent, responding to client inquiries with precision, weather alert section, activity sub-domains for agency departments, and an integrated news section.

Concluding, Okpalaku said that the new NiMet website; “serves as a cornerstone for the modern portal structure, contributing to NiMet SmartNet, a system facilitating back-office and smart office operations management across the agency and its branches nationwide”.

NiMet’s University Network Programme promotes weather, climate warnings to farmers – DG

By Favour Nnabugwu
 

The Director-General and Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Meteorological Agency, NiMet, Professor Charles Anosike has said that the university network programme of the agency is aimed at promoting early weather and climate warnings to farmers around the university’s vicinity in order to boost agricultural yield.

Professor Anosike while speaking at the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), between NiMet and Greenfield University, Kaduna State, on Monday, 5th March 2024, charged the relevant parties to the MoU to endeavour to fulfill all obligations contained in the MoU.

“NiMet is exploring more avenues to reach Nigerian farmers. This will guarantee that all citizens are protected by early weather and climate warnings against the vagaries associated with climate and weather disasters”, Professor Anosike said.

“NiMet is fully committed to assisting farmers with weather information to ensure food security. This is a key component of the Renewed Hope Agenda of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s government”, Professor Anosike concluded.

The MoU covers data sharing between NiMet and Greenfield University, staff development, and establishment of an automatic weather observatory within the University. The weather observatory will form part of NiMet’s network of weather stations transmitting data to the Agency’s general server, which would be analyzed for the overall benefit of Nigerians and critical sectors.

The Vice Chancellor of Greenfield University, Professor John Aiyedogbon, accompanied by the immediate past Vice Chancellor now a consultant, Professor John Gambo Laah, and the Registrar, Muhammad Bashir, applauded Professor Anosike and NiMet’s management for the successful presentation of the 2024 Seasonal Climate Prediction (SCP).

Professor Aiyedogbon said that the information contained in the SCP document will help to ensure that all sectors, especially the Agriculture sector, are better prepared for any weather-induced disaster. He added that Greenfield university is looking forward to a robust relationship with NiMet where the students, university community and the entire Kaduna State would benefit.

“We will also leverage on the university’s network of collaborations and influence to support the development of meteorology within the university’s area of influence”, Professor Aiyedogbon concluded.

The MoU signing was witnessed by the Director, Legal Services of NiMet, Barr. Shola Gabriel and other staff of the Agency. The VC of Greenfield University, Professor John Aiyedogbon signed the MoU on behalf Greenfield University while Professor Charles Anosike signed on behalf of NiMet.