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Nigerian Meteorological Agency, NIMET, has pledged full cooperation to the National Water Resources Institute, NWRI, to upgrade its hydrology centre to a regional centre of excellence recognised by the World Meteorological Organisation, WMO.

 

Director General of NiMet, Prof. Abubakar Mashi, said the WMO felt there was need to adopt a centre that would deal exclusively with training on operational hydrology, noting that WMO have asked that it recommend a reputable water resources institute that can serve the aforementioned purpose.

 

“We have therefore, submitted the name of the National Water Resources Institute as a prestigious option for WMO to adopt,” he said.

 

Mashi made this pledge when the executive secretary of NWRI, Prof.Emmanuel Adanu, led a delegation from the institute to NiMet to solicit the agency’s cooperation in the quest to actualise the institute’s mandate in general and setting up of the regional centre in particular.

 

The NiMet DG in a statement in Abuja by the general manager, Public Relations, Muntari Yusuf, advised the institute to deploy the use of technology to deliver training in order to make their request more compelling and appealing to the WMO.

 

He revealed this would enable the institute to place itself in good stead ahead of other competing African countries.

 

“We have therefore, submitted the name of the National Water Resources Institute as a prestigious option for WMO to adopt,” Mashi declared.

 

Mashi, who doubles as the representative of WMO in Nigeria, welcomed the idea presented by the Executive Director of NWRI and pledges NiMet’s support.

 

However, he pointed out that despite NWRI’s long standing history in water resources management, the Institute still needs some guidance on how to navigate their relationship with the WMO, adding that the NWRI can leverage on NiMet’s experience with the world body garnered since 1954 when the Nigerian WMO Regional Training Centre was established in Lagos.

 

Speaking earlier, the executive secretary of NWRI, Prof. Emmanuel Adanu, who highlighted the mandate of the institute as being that of research and analysis of water distribution, the behaviour, as well as how to modify the systems for the benefit of Nigerians, also appealed to NiMet to assist the institute in the areas of capacity building, skill and man power interchange between the two federal government organisations.

 

 

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