NiMet set to widen scope of services to institutions, donates centre to Sokoto university

By Ado Hassan, Sokoto

THE Nigerian Meteorological Agency(NiMet) has assured of widening  and domesticating the scope of its services with data logger stations  across Nigerian Universities and other institutions of higher learning to benefit them in revenue generation, according to its Director General and CEO, Professor Sani Abubakar Mashi.
Professor Mashi made the disclosure on Thursday in Sokoto  at a formal  signing of an MoU as well inauguration of a newly constructed Meteorological centre equipped with Data Logger station donated to the Sokoto state University by the agency.
According to Mashi” we want to make Nigerian universities data oriented sharing productive institutions with enhanced facilities for the advancement of scientific and revenue generation not only on climate services but other aspects related to sub-sectors  of the nation’s economy”, he assured.
This he explained, would support the conventional role of network observation on climate and whether related information being carried out by the agency, adding ” we want to develop products that would drive our vision and invariably generate revenue. 
He noted that the signing of the MoU will further strengthen the mutual relations and bond between the institution and agency such that the potentials of the University will be promoted, sustained  as well supported through responsive interventions and  provision of opportunities for training and capacity building of staff( academic).
” The agency will also support joint  research. Meteorology is about everything not only whether forecast. We have to initiate more scientific services through the conduct of research in synergy with the university”, he stated.
While commending  and rating the university as a potential hub for excellence sequel to its visionary steps towards advancing meaningful activities, the agency’s Boss disclosed that NiMet had intervention strides across 96 institutions of higher learning including the Sokoto state University, thus, assured of his support to the institution.
According to him,” NiMet is rated best among 54 African countries in terms of services. We offer Sierra leone services at no cost. Also Malawi, Mozambique among others benefit from the agency”, he pointed out.
Locally, Professor Mashi said” We support no fewer than 24 airports across Nigeria”, he disclosed further.
In the same vein, the NiMet Boss seized opportunity to pay tribute to late Dr. Sanusi Usman Junaid who died in the October 29, 2006 Abuja plane crash.
While recalling the tragic crash, Mashi added” he was my classmate, friend and associate  in the university(UDUS)”, and prayed for his repose.
Earlier in his welcome address, Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Sani Muhammad Dagoggo expressed appreciation and acknowledged the agency’s intervention record across institutions of higher learning in the country.
Similarly, the DVC (Academic) Professor M.Z. Umar who delivered a vote of thanks, assured NiMet that the institution would demonstrate sense of commitment and foresight at ensuring optimum use and maintenance of the station’s facility with a view to taking  the university to he next level of excellence

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