Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) on Thursday said it had received 10 automatic weather stations (AWS) out of 50 earmarked for the West African region. NiMet in a statement in Abuja, by its General Manager, Public Relations, Mr. Muntari Yusuf Ibrahim, hinted that the donation by West African Science Center on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use (WASCAL) was in fulfilment of its mandate to support countries in all areas related to climate change and adapted land use.
The statement disclosed that, WASCAL is designed to help tackle climate change challenge and enhance the resilience of human and environmental systems to climate change and increased variability. It does so by strengthening the research infrastructure and capacity in West Africa. The DG /CEO NiMet, Prof. Sani Abubakar Mashi, who was elated at this development, disclosed that NiMet currently has 54 network stations, which he described as grossly inadequate. According to him, “the principal focus of the agency is to increase the density of observation stations spread across the country in line with World Meteorological Organisation guideline of one AWS per 100 kilometer.”