As part of the execution of the Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, Earth NetWorks,(EN) presented ten (10) Authomatic Weather Observation System, AWOS, ten (10) Lightning Detectors and the required accessories to Nigerian Meteorological Agency, NiMet today.
In his remarks at the brief ceremony to receive the equipment, the Director General of NiMet, Prof. Mansur Bako Matazu said the equipment will be installed at NiMet facilities and partner institutions in Nigeria to enhance the quality of the data set required to fulfil the terms of the MoU.
He added that the installation of the equipment is combined with capacity building for NiMet officers. “We are not only getting equipment donation, NiMet is also building capacity of its staff. Under the supervision and guidance of our EN experts, Abuja, Benin and Lagos will be covered. Thereafter, NiMet officers equipped with the skills acquired, will carry out the remaining installations”. He disclosed.
Through this collaboration and equipment installed, NiMet will be able to access EN data for its internal use and public display in degraded form and to resell sensor data and derivative works to its customers, support the capacity of the Agency and further develop its service delivery offering through working together to deploy EN stations in various locations that will contribute to the Nigerian total lightning and mesoscale AWS Network (NTLMAN) and enable EN forecasting services (ENcast).
Prof. Matazu also used the opportunity to reiterate that NiMet is very open when it comes to relating with private sectors in order to deliver on its mandate and revealed that the installation will also be held in Benin and Lagos, initially and other airports will come later.
The DG who commended the role of the media at ensuring that the activities of the agency are well publicized, extended a hand of invitation to the journalists on the commissioning of the pilot briefing room, which was earlier promised.
It can be recalled that on the 18th of August 2021, NiMet and the Earth Networks signed an MoU following a formal request for collaboration from Earth Networks Inc. The Earth Network (EN) is a US based company in the area of data network and data services sharing.