NiMet charges youth on cli­mate haz­ards

Daily Trust - - ENVIRONMENT - By Daniel Adugbo

Nigeria Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Agency (NiMet) marked this year’s World Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Day (WMD) with a call to the youths to stop en­gag­ing them­selves in ac­tions con­sid­ered harm­ful to the en­vi­ron­ment.

“Weather and Cli­mate: En­gag­ing Youth” was this year’s theme for the Day and NiMet noted that the theme was par­tic­u­larly ap­pro­pri­ate be­cause the youth are also af­fected ad­versely by ex­treme weather events.

In a mes­sage on the oc­ca­sion of the WMD cel­e­bra­tion held in Abuja re­cently, the DG/CEO NiMet, Dr. Anthony C. Anu­forom said the youth will have to con­tend with the neg­a­tive im­pacts of se­vere weather on agri­cul­ture, in­fra­struc­ture and the en­vi­ron­ment, if the present weather trend con­tin­ued.

Anu­forom said: “This is, there­fore, an ap­pro­pri­ate time to en­gage our youth by draw­ing their at­ten­tion to, and equip­ping them to face the weather and cli­mate chal­lenges ahead. It is also an op­por­tu­nity to in­tro­duce them to en­vi­ron­men­tally-friendly prac­tices that re­duce changes in the cli­mate sys­tem.”

He added that de­spite the harsh and ad­verse weather con­di­tions con­fronting the world, the youth can lever­age on the grow­ing body of sci­en­tific knowl­edge to deal with the chal­lenges of weather haz­ards.

He said govern­ment will soon put into oper­a­tion, the Na­tional Frame­work for Ap­pli­ca­tion of Cli­mates Ser­vices (NFACS) as a plat­form for de­liv­er­ing cli­mate ser­vices and re­duc­ing vul­ner­a­bil­ity of Nige­ri­ans to cli­mate haz­ards.

Youth from Pre­mier Academy, Lugbe and Cap­i­tal Sci­ence Academy, Kuje, took part in the cel­e­bra­tion and were hosted on a guided tour of NiMet’s weather mon­i­tor­ing and fore­cast­ing fa­cil­i­ties.

World Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Day is cel­e­brated an­nu­ally on 23 March to com­mem­o­rate the en­try into force in 1950 of the con­ven­tion that cre­ated the World Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Or­ga­ni­za­tion.

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