By Kasim Sumaina in Abuja

A year after migrating to ISO 9001: 2015 certification, the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has hinted that it will begin its first maintenance audit to ensure the agency is sustaining the standard as enshrined in the certificate.

NiMet, in a statement by its General Manager, Public Relations Unit, Muntari Ibrahim, noted that the agency is not resting on its oars, as it intends to continue to maintain the certification, adding that all the issues that might arise from the audit will be addressed.

It explained that the ISO 9001:2015 certification is a standard ICAO requirement that has brought international visibility to NiMet, being the first African meteorological institution to acquire it, and also enhanced the agency’s operational activities and drawn commendations from both domestic and foreign airlines.

According to the statement, the DG/CEO NiMet, Prof. Sani Abubakar Mashi, expressed his gratitude for the advice and encouragement by the auditor last year towards the attainment of the certification.

He disclosed that NiMet has been receiving requests from sister meteorological institutions in Africa to help them achieve the ISO certification.

“NiMet is still the only meteorological institution in Africa that is so certified,” he said.

Continuing, he said: “The External Auditor in charge, Mr. Frank Stromhier, gave a purview of what the audit will entail as he revealed that the audit is a requirement within the International Standard Organisation (ISO).

“Once an organisation is registered and certified, they would require an audit at least once a year to ensure that the institution is still following the established registration requirement.”

Stromhier disclosed that the scope of the audit will include the agency’s infrastructure, human resources, environment and instruments. He added that it would also involve inspecting the four international airports in Abuja, Kano, Port Harcourt and Lagos as covered in the scope of NiMet certification. The maintenance audit will be for two years.