NiMet Records 95% Prediction Precision In 15 Years
The Director General of Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet), Prof Mansur Matazu says NiMet has recorded 95% precision and accuracy of weather predictions in the last 15 years, adding that according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), 60% was good.
Speaking on the spate of rainfall in recent days in some parts of the country, Matazu advised Nigerians especially those in Taraba state and some parts of the South West areas to be weary of impending flood as a result of expected rainfall. He advised Nigerians to be prepared for flooding in some parts of the country adding that the climate change has affected the activities across the world.
The NiMet boss expressed displeasure that most states and local governments were not connected to the national level in adherence to early warnings by not aligning to their activities.
He also stressed the need for MDAs to take all the advice from NiMet to mitigate the impact of flooding adding, that poor response remained the bane. NiMet boss called for adequate compliance as it was critical to avoid the severity of the flood.
Matazu however expressed optimism that with the agency’s good working relationship with the National Orientation Agency and Ministry of Communication, a lot of sensitization would be done to ensure that people take climate forecast into their daily activities.
On adherence to forecast by farmers, Matazu explained that the agency had distributed farmers rain gauge to them for monitoring to enable them to feedback the agency.
Matazu, urged Nigerians to desist from pouring refuse into the water channels and to stop building on water ways to mitigate flooding.