NiMet re­futes re­ports on 2013 flood­ing

Daily Trust - - AGRICULTURE - By Daniel Adugbo

The Nige­rian Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Agency (NiMet) has dis­missed re­ports claim­ing the agency said there would be more flood in 2013 than there was in 2012.

“There was nowhere we made such state­ments” NiMet DG/ CEO Dr. Anthony C. Anu­forom told jour­nal­ists in Abuja re­cently at a brief­ing on the per­for­mance of the 2013 Sea­sonal Rain­fall Pre­dic­tion and high­lights for 2014 pre­dic­tions.

“Some said there would be more rain­fall in 2013 and 2013 has come and gone we did not see any rain­fall. In fact, some re­ports went as far as telling farm­ers not to lis­ten to NiMet, if they lis­ten to NiMet they do so at their own risks. I want to ap­peal, that is a very dan­ger­ous way to go, not to NiMet but dam­ag­ing to Nigeria and to Nige­ri­ans.”

The 2013 rain­fall pre­dic­tion doc­u­ment read in part: “In 2013 the length of the rainy sea­son is pre­dicted to be nor­mal over most parts of the North and South. How­ever, longer than nor­mal length of the sea­son is likely for most cen­tral parts of the coun­try…

“…the pre­dicted rain­fall amount for the north­west ar­eas of Sokoto, Kebbi, Niger, Kwara and en­vi­rons is likely to be above nor­mal in com­par­i­son to 2012.”

Anu­forom noted that there was nowhere in the world where people are asked not to lis­ten to weather ser­vice providers.

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