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April 17, 2024

NiMet to Improve Agricultural Productivity by Providing Timely Climate Information 

Professor Charles Anosike, Director-General and Chief Executive Officer of Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet), emphasized the agency’s university network program’s goal of improving agricultural productivity by providing timely weather and climate information to farmers near universities.

During the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between NiMet and Greenfield University in Kaduna state on Monday, Professor Anosike urged all parties involved to diligently fulfill their obligations outlined in the agreement.

Professor Anosike stated that NiMet is actively seeking new ways to reach Nigerian farmers. This initiative aims to ensure that all citizens are protected by early weather and climate warnings, mitigating the risks associated with climate and weather-related disasters.

“NiMet is fully committed to assisting farmers with weather information to ensure food security,” he said, highlighting the alignment with President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s “Renewed Hope Agenda.”

Professor John Aiyedogbon, Vice Chancellor of Greenfield University, accompanied by Professor John Gambo Laah (consultant and immediate past Vice Chancellor) and Registrar Muhammad Bashir, commended Professor Anosike and NiMet for the successful presentation of the 2024 Seasonal Climate Prediction (SCP).

He emphasized the importance of the SCP information in ensuring better preparedness for weather-related disasters, particularly within the agricultural sector. He expressed the university’s enthusiasm for a robust partnership with NiMet, aiming to benefit students, faculty, the university community, and the entire Kaduna State.

“We will also leverage the university’s network of collaborations and influence to support the development of meteorology within our area of influence,” Professor Aiyedogbon concluded.

The MoU signing was witnessed by the Director of Legal Services of NiMet, Barr. Shola Gabriel, and other agency staff. Professor John Aiyedogbon signed the MoU on behalf of Greenfield University, while Professor Charles Anosike signed for NiMet.

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