BY TARAKAA DAVID
In its bid to upgrade the University of Abuja weather station located in Gwagwalada into national observatory stations, the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMET) has donated weather equipment to the university.
The director general of NiMET, Prof. Sani Mashi disclosed this at the weekend while donating meteorological facilities to the geography department of the institution in Gwagwalada.
Inspecting the meteorology stations; GIS lab, earth thermometer and rain gauge at the department, Prof Abarshi explained that the need to increase the existing weather station in the nation informed the decision to establish one in Gwagwalada.
“At every reasonable point we are supposed to have an observatory. So this university has already one, so we want to come and upgrade it to world standard to make it one of our stations from where we will be collecting data for Nigerians to use.”
Prof. Abarshi reiterated early onset rainfall and early cessation in many parts of Nigeria, warning farmers to be in tune with climatic change to be experienced in the country this year.
The director, development office in the university, Prof. Otaki Alanana, who represented the vice chancellor at the occasion, called for more of such partnership with the institution and pledged to provide security for the facilities donated.
Commending the gesture from NiMET, the head, department of geography, Sunday Ejaro assured that data generated from the observatory station would always be available to the farmers in Federal Capital Territory as well as the aviation industry in Abuja.
“They have offered to train two of our staff; NIMET and our staff will collaborate and work together. Primarily we are into training and researching. We are going to train our students with modern facilities.
The data generated will be made available to farmers, aviation industry and other researchers seeking weather information can get it here.”
LEADERSHIP gathered that NiMET donated 15computers, barometer, 7Kva UPS, printer and internet facility to Geographic Information System (GIS) of the university.