The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has donated weather station to Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso.
Prof. Sani Abubakar Mashi, NiMet Director-General made the donation on Thursday in Ogbomoso, Oyo State.
The director-general was represented by an expert in climate change,Mr Christopher Alozie.
He expressed the commitment of the agency toward upgrading weather stations in most Nigerian higher institutions, in line with World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) standard.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Mashi also doubles as Nigerian Permanent Representative with the WMO.
He said that the findings by the agency showed that weather stations across tertiary institutions needed urgent intervention to get to attain acceptable level.
‘‘NiMet as the Nodal Meteorological Agency in the country is bothered and has decided to intervene in getting such stations upgraded.
LAUTECH has been chosen as a beneficiary of the gesture,’’ he said.
Mashi stated that the agency had briefed the National Universities Commission (NUC) and secured consent for the intervention in LAUTECH.
He said that the agency had made necessary logistical arrangement to commence the installations, testing and training with immediate effect.
The NiMet boss expressed hope that LAUTECH would deploy the technology to proper use to form solid foundation for robust weather/climate monitoring network and for the development of critical infrastructure.
In his remarks, Prof. Adeniyi Gbadegesin, Vice-Chancellor of LAUTECH, who thanked NiMet, assured that the equipment would be properly utilised to achieve its purpose.
Gbadegesin, a former President of Association of Nigerian Geographers, said LAUTECH as a university of technology placed premium on adequate information of weather to the people.
He assured that dividends of the donation would become manifest within a short period.