The Nigerian Meteorological Agency is a parastatal under the Aviation arm of the Federal Ministry of Transportation with the statutory responsibility of providing meteorological services for all sectors of the Nigerian economy.
Part of the Agency’s functions are; to collect, process data and issue weather forecasts and give early warning for the safety operation of aircraft, ocean going vessels, national food production, drought, desertification, disaster and relief management among others.
Meteorological Services in Nigeria started in 1892 within the premises of the then Public Works Department (PWD), Lagos, where the oldest rainfall station was established and became one of the constituent services of the British West African Meteorological Services of the then Gold coast, the Gambia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria in 1937.
In April 1949, the service became a full-fledged Department and was one of the seven Colonial Departments’ structure used in running this country. With the introduction of the Ministerial form of Government in 1952, the Meteorological Department moved from one Ministry to another due to the fact that the Meteorological Service affects all aspects of our economy.
It is in recognition of the relevance and importance of the role of NiMET in all spheres of the economy of the country in general, and in particular, the transportation industry that NiMET has identified with and keyed into the forth coming Tourism Transport Summit and Expo to be hosted in the nation’s capital city of Abuja from 21st – 22nd May 2018, at the International Conference Centre, (ICC).
The Theme for the Summit is‘Tourism and Transportation: The Key Sectors for Sustainable Resilient Growth and Development’with the following Sub Themes: Tourism and Transportation Interdependencies for Mutual Growth and Sustainable Development;Potentialities of Developing Regional Inter-Connectivity in Transportation and Inter-Modal Connectivity, Traveler Safety and Security.
Others are, Licensing Regulations and Oversight–Meeting the International Standards for Sustainable Development of the Transportation and Tourism Industries; Marketing Destination Nigeria – What Role for the Transportation and Tourism Sectors; Public Private Partnership and Investment in the Tourism and Transportation Sectors- Prospects and Challenges; Development of Critical Infrastructure and the Ease of Doing Business in Nigeria- The Case of Tourism and Transportation Industries; and Building Capacity for Global Best Practices in the Tourism and Transportation Sectors.
The organizers who lauded the efforts of the Honourable Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika in his efforts at repositioning the sector and strengthening air connectivity in Africa, said the event will bring together critical stakeholders in the Nigerian transport sector such as the Nigeria Shippers Council (NSC), Nigerian Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA), Nigerian Railway Cooperation (NRC), Nigerian Institute of Transport Technology (NITI), Nigerian Port Authority (NPA), Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) and the National Clearing and Forwarding Agency (NCFA) among others.
The Tourism Transport Summit and Expo 2018 will consist of numerous sessions which includes Tourism Transport Summit, Tourism Transport Training, Exhibition – B2B and G2B, Tourism Transport Ambassadors’ Award and Gala Night.