The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet), on Thursday, donated some weather forecast equipment to the University of Abuja to upgrade its weather station in Gwagwalada.
Prof. Sani Abarshi, Director-General, NiMet, disclosed this while inspecting and donating meteorological facilities to Department of Geography of the institution in Gwagwalada.
He said that NiMet would upgrade the institution into national observatory station just like others across the nation.
Inspecting meteorology station, GIS lab, Earth thermometer and rain gauge at the department, Abarshi said the need to increase the existing weather stations informed the decision to establish one in Gwagwalada.
“At every reasonable point, we are supposed to have an observatory station; this University has one already, so we want to come and upgrade it to world standard.
”We want to make it as one of our stations from where we will be collecting data for Nigerians to use,” he added.
He reiterated early onset rainfall and early cessation in many parts of Nigeria, warning farmers to be guided by the climatic change to be experienced in the country this year.
Prof. Otaki Alanana, Director, Development Office in the institution, who represented the Vice-Chancellor of the institution, called for more of such partnership with the institution and pledge to provide security for the facilities donated.
“We have made calls and we are still making calls; parts of the call we have made in the past are to Ministry Science and Technology, National Directorate of Employment (NDE) among others.
“We want to partner them for the development of the University; some of them have responded positively by giving us computers and buses and we are still making calls,” he said.
Commending the gesture from NiMet, Head of Geography Department, Prof. Sunday Ejaro said data generated in the observatory station would always be made available to the farmers in FCT and 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 New Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that NiMet donated fifteen computers, Barometer, 7Kva UPS, Printer and internet facility to Geographic Information System (GIS) of the University.