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Nigeria To Implement Adaptation Measures To Tackle Climate Change

Nigeria’s Minster of Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika, says the Federal Government will soon implement the adaptation measures to reduce the impact of climate change on vulnerable Nigerians.

Sirika made this known during his keynote address at the presentation of 2023 Seasonal Climate Prediction (SCP) and other Publications on Tuesday in Abuja.

According to him, the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) is contributing to the adaptation measures by providing timely meteorological information regularly.

“The Seasonal Climate Prediction (SCP) is an essential early warning tool for planning against the effect of climate change and variability in all weather-sensitive sectors of the economy.

“The information also helps in taking advantage of favourable climatic conditions to improve performance, especially in agriculture.

“The SCP provides vital meteorological information on temperature, rainfall pattern, onset of the season, end of season, length of season, and their impacts on socio-economic activities in the country,“ he said.

Sirika said experience over the years had proved that the application of the early warning information helped in increasing resilience and reducing vulnerability to extreme weather events.

He said that over the years, NiMet had progressively improved the coverage and quality of data collection and predictions.

According to him, the agency has also incorporated the interpretation of the forecast into three major languages of Yoruba, Hausa, and Igbo as well as improved downscaling of the forecast all over the country.

“NiMet with the support of the Federal Ministry of Aviation will continue to demonstrate its capacity and commitment to providing quality and timely services in line with its mandate.

“Nigeria is an active member of the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) and therefore the agency is also committed to fulfilling its international obligations.

“Our stakeholders in all-weather sensitive sectors like agriculture, aviation, maritime, environment, water resources, energy, engineering tourism, and the public will find information in SCP very vital in their various operational and decision-making activities,” he said.

The minister stated that Nigeria was playing its own part in the global effort to combat climate change regarding compliance with the Paris Climate Change Agreement.

“Also by submitting the Updated Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) secretariat in July 2021.

“The updated NDC re-stated the actions the country is committed to taking to limit global warming and climate change,” the minister said.

The NiMet Director-General, Prof. Mansur Matazu, said SCP provided a snapshot of some essential climate parameters and their behaviour within the season.

According to him, NiMet produces the publication annually in fulfillment of its mandate to provide accurate, timely, and quality weather and climate information to advise the federal, states, and local governments in the country.

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