NiMet remains best meteorological service in Africa — DG

MiMet DG, Matazu

prof. Mansur Matazu, the director general of the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet), says the efficient policies of the federal government and effective implementation of the targets have made NiMet the best meteorological agency in Africa.

Matazu announced this on Tuesday in Abuja during a conversation with the Nigerian Press Agency (NAN).

According to him, the agency developed and operated with an approved work plan of programs and activities by the Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, to guide the agency’s progress.

Reports for these work plans are routinely provided to the Federal Ministry of Aviation through the Honorable Minister. The work plan was drawn up to monitor the progress and results of each policy line.

These policies include: improved governance and institutional setting, effective partnership to improve service delivery, upgrade of observation infrastructure, and improvement of data and product sharing policies.

“Improving numerical modeling and forecasting tools and applications, improving climate (early warning and advisory services), improving product distribution and reach, the performance overview of strategic objectives, and improving our contribution to climate services,” as part of the thrust, he said.

Matazu said NiMet had successfully extended its coveted International Standard Organization (ISO) 9001:2015 and 29990:2010 certifications for the provision of aeronautical meteorological services at airports and capacity building at its Regional Training Center in Lagos for another year.

According to NiMet’s boss, the extension came after successful rigorous maintenance audits were conducted earlier this year at airports and the regional training school by ISO through CERTECH.

Meanwhile, on June 7, the Honorable Minister of Aviation Senator Hadi Sirika inaugurated the NiMet Pilot Briefing Room at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.

“Also on the same day, the Minister commissioned NiMet’s state-of-the-art Central Forecast Office and Conference Hall at its headquarters,” he said.

NAN reports that NiMet took home the Most Improved Aviation Agency of the Year 2022 award, while Matazu took the CEO of the Year 2022 award.

NAN further reports that Matazu was awarded by the Fellow of Risk Managers Society of Nigeria (RIMSON) and the Best Service Award from the Rotary Club of Abuja Metro (RCAM).

This was done in recognition of his integrity, professionalism, commitment and contribution to risk management in Nigeria.

RCAM is the largest Rotary Club in Africa with over 200 members from various professions. (NAN)

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