The Director General of the Nigerian Meteorological Agency, Prof. Sani Mashi, has advised Nigerian Universities to run degree program in meteorology to support the ongoing campaign on combating negative impacts of climate change.
Mashi made the urge on Thursday in Abuja while signing a Memorandum of Understanding with Umaru Musa Yaradua University, Kastina, on the development of meteorogical infrastructure in the university.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Idris Funtua, signed the MoU on behalf of the university.
“At least on the long run, the university will be in position to introduce a degree program in meteorology.
“In NiMet’s training institution, we cannot run degree program because we don’t have mandate to award degrees.
“Your university currently does not have a program in meteorology but we believe that it is a program that will help in the fight against climate change.
“NiMet will give the universities the necessary support to run the program in terms of training and resources.
“We are going to help you in getting your meteorological infrastructure get to WMO standards. We are going to support your academic department by making contributions towards introduction and development of meteorology as a course,” Mashi said.
He added by saying that NiMet decided to collaborate with educational institutions to stimulate development process across all the sectors of the economy.
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