The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET) has again issued an alert over increase in dust haze that would further deteriorate horizontal visibilities across the country especially over the north eastern parts of the country.
By this, the expected reduction in visibility due to harmattan dust haze may cause cancellation and delay of flights for the safety of air travellers, warning road users to be careful and avoid over speeding especially during the early morning period when horizontal visibility is mostly impaired.
It also warned that the harmattan dust haze has its attendant health implications as people allergic to dust are advised to take necessary precautions and take their medications to alleviate its effect on their health
In a statement made available to journalists in Abuja, the Agency observed that fresh dust over western Chad and South Eastern Niger Republic would cause further reduction in horizontal visibilities in most northern cities such as Kastina, Maiduguri, Kano, Gusau, Damaturu, Nguru, Bauchi and Zaria to less than 1000m in about 10hours from time of issuance of the press statement
It disclosed that moderate visibility was already being reported over Maiduguri, Kano, Nguru, Obudu, Asaba, Jos, Minna, Abuja, Makurdi, Gombe, Yelwa, Lagos, Akure and Awka.
The agency, however noted that a further reduction in visibility is expected over parts of the Central Cities such as Abuja, Minna, Bida, Lafia, Jos, Makurdi, Lokoja, in thick dust haze condition with visibilities of 1000m or less in the next 18 hours or less from time of issuance of the release.
It added that southern cities including Enugu, Asaba, Ibadan, Lagos, Akure, Owerri and Port Harcourt are also expected to still be under the influence of thick to moderate dust haze (visibility 2-5km) and localised visibility less than 1000m in the next 24hrs.