FG welcomes WMO Regional Secretariat in Nigeria
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Minister of Transportation Rotimi Amaechi has said that the Federal Government has welcomed the planned citing of the World Meteorological Organisation, WMO Africa region secretariat in Nigeria. The minister also pledged the government’s support and assistance towards making the regional African regional secretariat a success. According to a statement from the Director of Press and Public Relations, Mrs. Yetunde Sonaike, Amaechi stated this when a team of officials from WMO’s headquarters in Geneva, led by Mr Robert O. Masters, on behalf of WMO paid him a courtesy visit to ascertain the Federal Government’s disposition towards citing the African version of World Meteorological Organisation in the country. Contributing, Dr Anthony Anuforom, the Director General, the Nigerian Meteorological Agency NiMet highlighted the gains of hosting the regional secretariat. He said that apart from increasing the leadership role in Africa, it will enhance economic, technical as well as educational opportunities such as aviation schools, creation of employment and playing host to other African countries which will boost the Nigerian aviation industry. World Meteorological Organisation, WMO, is a specialised agency of the United Nations that provides the framework for such international cooperation. It is the UN system’s authoritative voice on the state and behaviour of the Earth’s atmosphere, its interaction with the oceans, the climate it produces and the resulting distribution of water resources. WMO has a membership of 191 Member States and Territories on 1 January 2013 and it originated from the International Meteorological Organization IMO, which was founded in 1873. Established in 1950, WMO became the specialized agency of the United Nations in 1951 for meteorology weather and climate, operational hydrology and related geophysical sciences. Since its establishment, WMO has played a unique and powerful role in contributing to the safety and welfare of humanity. Under WMO leadership and within the framework of WMO programmes, National Meteorological and Hydrological Services contribute substantially to the protection of life and property against natural disasters, to safeguarding the environment and to enhancing the economic and social well-being of all sectors of society in areas such as food security, water resources and transport. WMO promotes cooperation in the establishment of networks for making meteorological, climatologically, hydrological and geophysical observations, as well as the exchange, processing and standardisation of related data, and assists technology transfer, training and research. It also fosters collaboration between the National Meteorological and Hydrological Services of its Members and furthers the application of meteorology to public weather services, agriculture, aviation, shipping, the environment, water issues and the mitigation of the impacts of natural disasters.
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