FG Challenges Universities On Climate Change
The Federal Government of Nigeria has challenged the academic community to rise up and contribute its quota to the resolution of climate change issues.
This is expected to be achieved through research and establishment of basic weather observatories in order to increase the density of weather data collection in Nigeria.
The Director General of the Nigeria Meteorological Agency, Dr Anthony Anuforom, threw the challenge during a lecture organised by the Enugu State University of Science and Technology (ESUT), Enugu, for the institution’s 17th Convocation ceremony.
He pledged the readiness of NIMET to collaborate and provide guidance to Nigerian universities to ensure that such observatories are set up and operated in compliance with world meteorological organization standards.
Dr Anuforom also reaffirmed the federal government’s commitment to reduce the effect of climate change through scientific information dissemination and management.
Nigeria has been identified as highly vulnerable to climate change based on the maple soft climate change vulnerability index, which places the country as the 3rd most vulnerable in the world.
It is for this reason that the DG of NIMET has stressed that the issue is of serious concern and is one that requires decisive and coordinated action from all Nigerians.
The Vice Chancellor of ESUT, Professor Luke, informed the gathering that the university had in the past collaborated with NIMET in the training of students in the area of meteorology and requested the agency to consider establishing a weather/disaster risk reduction centre in the school.
The annual lecture series which attracted members of the academic community within and outside Enugu state, including a former President of the Senate, Senator Ken Nnamani, was aimed at stimulating the quest for lasting solutions to the challenges of climate change both locally and globally.