Following the directive of the Honourable Minister of Aviation, Princess Stella Adaeze Oduah, OON, the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET) organised a National Conference on the Application of Meteorological Information in Weather Disaster Risk Reduction and Socio-Economic Planning at the Sheraton Hotels and Resorts, Abuja from 13 – 14 February 2013. The National Conference is a key component of the presentation of this year’s Seasonal Rainfall Prediction (SRP). The SRP provides essential weather advisories and early warnings to planners, decision-makers and operators in the various rainfall-sensitive socio-economic sectors, such as air, marine and land transport, agriculture, water resources, power, construction, health to mention a few. NIMET presents the SRP early in the year, so as to create sufficient lead-time for adequate preparation against risks and hazards associated with weather and climate extremes.
The objectives of the Conference include:
(a) to bring together stakeholders in a Provider-User Interface platform to develop strategies for effective applications of meteorological information in the different socioeconomic sectors;
(b) to promote synergies between NIMET and relevant stakeholders on disaster risk reduction; and
(c) to create awareness on the need to mainstream meteorological information into every aspects of planning, policy and practice for sustainable development in Nigeria. >> More