Sirika applauds improved Nigeria’s visibility, relevance globally by NiMet, presents SCP 2023

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….as Prof. Matazu is optimistic of effective collaborations with new Act

Minister of Aviation, Sen. HadI Sirika says, the Nigerian Meteorological Agency, NiMet with prudent management of resources and performance driven action plans has improved  visibility and relevance of Nigeria within and outside the shores of the country.

This is just as the minister said, the agency has continued to perform beyond expectations with the provision of accurate, timely, reliable,and actionable weather and climate prediction in Nigeria.

The Minister who stated this at the public presentation of the 2023 Seasonal Climate Prediction, SCP in Abuja announced that, the onset dates of the rainy season will range from 2nd March to 7th July 2023 while the end of the Season period is expected to range from the 26th of September till 25th of December.

According to Sirika, dry spell occurrences which have characterised seasons in recent year’s would be between June and July in 2023, forecast to last between 15 to 21 days. 

“When compared to the last the years, the little dry season (August Break)for 2023 is expected to be less intense. It is expected to last between 14 and 20 days starting from late July especially over the Southwest of the country”.

He emphasized that early warning services for all weather and climate sensitive activities across the country must be matched by Early Action so that it can translate to disaster risk reduction in Nigeria. 

“This has been amplified by the recent flood of2022 across several states in Nigeria with the destruction of over 569,000 Hectares of farmland, deaths of over 600peopleand displacement of over 1.3 million persons in 34 out of the 36 states of the Federation are huge losses that must be prevented from reoccurring”.

He added, “Now that Early Warning has been provided, I encourage us All to embrace Early Action for maximum benefits and sustainable national socio-economic development. By so doing, collectively we would have stayed through to the theme of this event: “Strengthening Climate Risk Early Warning Services for Improved Food Security and Disaster Risk reduction in Nigeria”.

The Director General, NiMet, Prof. Mansur Matazu in his opening remarks, expressed optimism of effective collaborations going forward with the NiMet new Act of 2022.

While appreciating all its partners and collaborators, he called on all to embrace early Action and follow NiMet for in-season updates as they work together to maximise success and de-risk their activities.

“Without you partners and collaborators across MDAs, development partners, the Academia, and Research Institutes, etc. our services would not be complete. We thank you for your support and contribution especially in the co-production process of this very important national document”.

“I would like to also recognise and thank the delegation from the Meteorological Service of both Niger Republic, and The Gambia for witnessing and participating physically in this event”. 

In his address of welcome, the Permanent Secretary,  Ministry of Aviation, Dr. Emmanuel Meribole stressed that, the level of response by people and critical actors in the weather and climate value-chain is key to maximising the benefit of Early Warnings to reduce risks and impacts of weather-related disasters.

According to him, weather-related hazards have become a global challenge, in the face of a changing climate, population growth and increasing socio-economic activities. 

He said, the Seasonal Climate Prediction is one of NiMet’s flagship products, an invaluable Early Warning tool that has provided Stakeholders with relevant Climate Smart knowledge and information that will help reduce the risk of weather and climate change impacts in various weather-sensitive sectors of the economy and maximise the opportunities provided by the information contained in the product. 

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