By Adelola Amihere
Amidst the COVID -19 pandemic generating gloom and doom around the world, the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) Regional Training Centre, Oshodi has been elected as member of the World Meteorological Organization’s Executive Council Capacity Development Panel (WMO-CDP).
In a statement signed by the General Manager Corporate Communication, Muntari Ibrahim, this feat, according to the Director-General /CEO NiMet, Prof. Sani Abubakar Mashi is worth mentioning as it provides a veritable and pleasant distraction from the COVID 19 problem.
Describing this as a milestone, Prof. Mashi disclosed that out of the 24 Meteorological Regional Training Centres in the world, four from each of the six continents, NiMet is the only one elected by WMO into the 12-member panel to represent all the Regional Training Centres in the world.
He observed that this is worth celebrating as it is a clear and positive indication of the aggressive reforms the Hon. Minister Sen. Hadi Sirika has been championing in the Nigerian Aviation sector.
The statement read, “The Director of the Meteorological Regional Training Centre, Prof. Peter Odjugo is to serve as the representative of the Centre at the Panel.
“The work of the panel will inter alia include support institutional, infrastructural, procedural and human resources capacity development activities of WMO, with the intention of closing the gap between less developed and developed countries. The Panel will normally meet each year and make effective use of remote coordination and collaboration.
“The implication of this development is that NiMet is further strengthened to assist sister meteorological institutions in Africa, particularly in the area of human and infrastructural capacity development, thus consolidating in its leadership role in the continent.”