By Sade Williams/Business am
Mansur Mataziu, Professor and Chief Executive of the Nigerian Meteorological Services (NiMet), on Tuesday urged stakeholders in the aviation industry, especially pilots, crews and air operators to use weather information in a timely manner and adopt the advanced form of broadcasting meteorological information in order to prevent any untoward occurrence in the sector.
Matazu told a rally for the first edition of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) National Aviation Conference (FNAC) that the agency works around the clock to provide accurate weather information. , but that they must be consumed at the right time.
“The prevention of weather phenomena is beyond the technological push of man. It took a lot of effort for scientists and industry experts over many years to understand the complexity of many weather phenomena, for example wind shear,” he said.
According to him, early warning and detection mechanisms have proven to be the only reliable solution to meteorological and climatic hazards.
“At NiMet, we work around the clock to provide continuous weather information. This weather information is perishable and must be consumed at the right time. We therefore encourage all of our stakeholders, especially pilots and flight crews, to take advantage of our products and services and ensure the safety of lives and property at our airports and en-route destinations,” he said. .
While asking stakeholders to also take advantage of its seasonal climate prediction (SCP) product, Matazu said that the SCP displays data and information in the easiest form for consumers to understand, in addition to providing information instantaneous.
“For seasonal climate forecasts, take advantage of our mobile app and website for regular information. The new NiMet SCP app, as the name suggests, displays seasonal climate forecast data and information in the most easy to understand.
“With our new SCP app, you will be able to get instant information on start dates, stop dates, specific crop timing, seasonal rainfall amount and much more. This implies that it is easy to use it has a new design and is user-friendly,” he added.
Matazu revealed that NiMet has moved from simply generating forecasts to producing forecasts with implications – impact-based early warnings, adding that its customers and stakeholders – are not only predicted but also warned of the likely impacts of events. predicted weather and climate.
“In aviation, weather and climate information provides a safe and secure way to run our business to minimize risk, save lives and prevent loss. Throughout any aviation development, weather and climate information is essential and we encourage our customers and stakeholders to embrace this, work with us and ensure the safety of stakeholders, passengers and infrastructure. throughout the flight experience (on the ground, takeoff, en route and landing),” Matazu said.
While revealing that some weather stations date back over 100 years, he said that NiMet has been working to improve network expansion by using new innovations and leveraging modern technologies.
“We continue to leverage PPP deals for adequate infrastructure developments,” he noted.
Matazu detailed some of the current infrastructure to include: National Center for Weather Prediction and Climate Research, Abuja; World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Regional Training Centre, Oshodi Lagos and Meteorological Institute of Science and Technology, Katsina; 12 marine stations, Calabar, Eket, NIOMR and Koko (operational). Eastmole, Aiyetoro, Warri, Onne, PH Wharf, Apapa, Bonny, Forcados;
Others are synoptic and automatic weather stations distributed throughout the country; Seven automatic message delivery platform at Abuja airports; Kano, Lagos, Maiduguri, Kaduna, Enugu, Port Harcourt, with upcoming Sokoto and Katsina and 10 NiMet-Earth lightning detection and AWOS stations in Abuja, Lagos, Benin, Sokoto, Kano, Maiduguri, Ilorin, Yola, Enugu and Port Harcourt, among others.