Nosa Aituamen FRCN
The Director-General, Nigeria Meteorological Agency, NiMET, Prof. Professor Mansur Matazu says, its capital-intensive and safety equipment are under threat, and securing them is challenging.
In an interview with reporters in Lagos, Prof. Matazu said, some of these equipment are, the doppler radars, the Low-Level Wind Shear Alert Systems, and Radar Installations at some airport locations in the northeast.
According to him, the Doppler weather radar globally was a huge capital-intensive project and its initial installation in Maiduguri and Yola was delayed due to insecurity at that time.
Professor Matazu emphasized that securing these equipment were key safety to flight safety in the nation and an early warning system against hazardous weather which are volatile and could change at any time.
“We provide update of our forecast as it affects the industry especially aviation. Whenever there is a significant weather change like the beginning of the rainy season that is associated with thunderstorms and other stormy weather, we pass that along. We provide a forecast for wind-shear which is the highest risk factor with regards to aircraft operation so we have a low lever wind-shear alert system around the airports in other to inform the pilot through ATCs.”
On revenue generation, the NiMET boss said, efforts were on to increase the revenue of the agency with the expansion of its services to cover more areas in the country and beyond the borders of Nigeria.
He said that Government funding had been encouraging even during the COVID-19, the Agency got 100 percent of its Government funding and the Aviation Ministry was also of great assistance through some intervention under the Aviation Security funding and BASA.
“Another window was the diversification of our services, since aviation is just one of the sectors, we provide our services to, we are expanding into marine observation and services into agriculture. With also collaborate with partners and service providers, and we leverage on this to relay our services to the farmers, and that is another window”.