NiMet DG urges pilots, airlines to take advantage of new weather information system

Prof. Mansur Matazu

 

 

Posted by Sade Williams

 

Director General, Nigerian Meteorological Services (NiMet), Prof. Mansur Matazu, on Tuesday urged stakeholders in the aviation industry, especially, pilots, crew and airline operators to make use of weather information at the appropriate time  and embrace the advanced form of weather information dissemination system in order to prevent any untoward occurrence in the sector.

Speaking in Abuja at the maiden edition of Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) National Aviation Conference with the theme: ‘Advancing the Frontiers of Possibilities for Safe, Secure and Profitable Air Transport’, he said the Agency works round the clock to provide accurate weather information but must be consumed at the right time.

“Prevention of weather occurrences is beyond human’s technological thrust. It took scientists and industry experts a great deal of effort over many years to understand the complexity of many weather phenomenon e.g., windshear..

“Early warning and detection mechanisms have proven to be the only dependable solution to the hazards of weather and climate.

“In NiMet, we work round the clock to provide continuous weather information. These weather information are perishable and must be consumed at the right time. We therefore encourage all our stakeholders, especially Pilots and the Flying Crews to take advantage of our products and services and ensure safety of lives and property at our Airports and enroute destinations.”, he said.

While asking the Stakeholders to also take advantage of its Seasonal Climate Predictions (SCP) product, Matazu said the SCP displays data and information in the easiest form for consumers to understand apart from giving instant information.

“For Seasonal Climate Predictions, take advantage of our mobile app and website for regular information, the new NiMet SCP App as the name implies, displays the Seasonal Climate Prediction data and information in the easiest form to understand.

“With our new SCP App, you’ll be able to get instant information about Onset Dates, Cessation Dates, Specific Crop Calendar, Seasonal Rainfall Amount and lots more. This implies that it is easy to use, it has a fresh design and user-friendly.”, he added.

Prof. Matazu disclosed that NiMet has moved from just generating forecasts to producing forecasts with implications. (Impact-Based Early Warnings), adding that its clients and stakeholders are not only foretold but also forewarned of likely impacts of the predicted weather and climate events.

“In aviation, weather and climate information provides a safe and safe way of executing our activities in order to minimize risks, save lives and avert losses. Throughout any aviation development, weather and climate information is critical and we encourage our clients and stakeholders to embrace this, partner with us and let’s ensure stakeholders, passengers and infrastructure are safe throughout flying experience (on-ground, take-off, enroute and landing).”

While disclosing that some Meteorological stations date back to over 100 years ago, he said NiMet has strived to improve on the expansion of the network using new innovations and exploiting modern technologies.

“We continue to exploit PPP arrangements for adequate infrastructural developments.”, he noted.

Prof. Matazu itemised some of the current infrastructure to include: National Weather Forecasting & Climate Research Centre, Abuja; World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Regional Training Centre, Oshodi Lagos & Meteorological Institute of Science and Technology, Katsina; 12 Marine Stations, Calabar, Eket, Niomr & Koko (operational). Eastmole, Aiyetoro, Warri, Onne, PH Wharf, Apapa, Bonny, Forcados;

Others are Synopticand Automatic Weather Stations spread across the country; Seven (7) Automatic Message dissemination platform at Airports in Abuja, Kano, Lagos, Maiduguri, Kaduna, Enugu, Port Harcourt with Sokoto and Katsina coming soon and Ten NiMet-Earth Network Lightening Detecting and AWOS Stations in Abuja, Lagos, Benin, Sokoto, Kano, Maiduguri, Ilorin, Yola, Enugu and Port Harcourt, among others.

Some of its certifications include: Certification for Aeronautical Meteorological Service delivery started in 2013 with ISO 9001:2008.

The Agency got ISO 9001:2015 certification in July 2017, the first ever African Country to have achieved this feat.

NiMet Achieved ISO 9001:2015 re-recertification in Aug 2020.

NiMet passed the ISO 9001:2015 maintenance Audit in June 2021.

ISO 29990:2010 certification in August 2019 for training services at the Regional Training Centre, Lagos. First & only in Africa.

The Agency passed ISO 29990:2010 maintenance Audit in June 2021.

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