W/A Ministers Adopt ECOWAS Meteorological Programme To Combat Climate Challenges

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… “We Will Give Nigeria’s Meteorological Service Resources To Advance” – Hon. Amaechi

 

The Economic Community of West African States has adopted the ECOWAS Strategic and Meteorological Programme at the meeting of the Ministers of Meteorology held at the ECOWAS Commission headquarters, in Abuja.

The adoption resolves a 16-year-old effort to unify climactic information and services in the region to tackle climate change challenges in West Africa and build climate resilient societies. The document also makes significant contribution to the realisation of 11 of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Chair of the ECOWAS Ministers of Meteorology, Hon. Keita Bushuben says the bulky document had different aspects that counters different climate challenges.

Lauding the significant of the event, Keita avers that after years of non-specific moves, member countries had united “to review, and put together, within three days, a document each member countries support. With the document we will be in a position to respond to climate change as it occurs.” 

Highlighting one of the major achievements of the Meteorological Programme, which is the provision of the establishment of Early Warning System (EWS) in all member countries, Keita reveals that the systems will communicate with each other.  The systems will alert meteorological service points in the sub-region of climactic changes at the earliest stages of occurrence.

Minister of Transportation, Honourable Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi said the ministry will “give Nigeria’s National Meteorological Services (NMS), the necessary resources to advance its weather and climate information systems.

Amaechi who spoke at the opening ceremony of the ECOWAS Council of Ministers meeting in Abuja, for the adoption of the ECOWAS Meteorological Programme declared Nigeria’s (NMS) better off than that of some countries in the sub-region.

However, he noted that support must be given to the parastatal to prevent unnecessary hinderances to economic activities in the country. “We cannot engage in more economic activities without a study of the weather, because it affects agriculture and transportation.”

In his address to the Ministers of Meteorology, Amaechi advised member countries to strengthen their NMSs, encourage closer technical collaboration among NMS, and provide the political and necessary financial support resources for the development of infrastructure and human capacity to tackle extreme weather and climate events.

 

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