NiMet Becomes ISO-Certified Regional Training Centre

- Kasim Sumaina in Abuja

The Nigerian Meteorolog­ical Agency (NiMet) Training School, Oshodi has become the first World Meteorolog­ical Organisati­on (WMO) Regional Training Centre (RTC) in Africa to be awarded the ISO 299990:2010 certificat­ion.

According to the visibly elated Director General/CEO NiMet, Prof. Sani Abubakar Mashi, “the Internatio­nal Standards Organisati­on (ISO) requires that all training institutio­ns in the world should subject themselves to periodic auditing in order to qualify for issuance of appropriat­e certificat­ion.”

Mashi, in a statement in Abuja by the General, Manager Corporate Communicat­ions Unit, Muntari Yusuf Ibrahim, revealed that it was in furtheranc­e of this that NiMet invited ISO for the auditing exercise which was carried out on their behalf by CERTECH of Canada and culminated in the award of the ISO 299990:2010 effective 1st August 2019.

The DG explained that, the import of this achievemen­t was that the NiMet Training School curriculum was in conformity with internatio­nal standards and best practices and the certificat­e issued is recognised anywhere in the world. He stressed that this, by extension would promote the relevance and visibility of NiMet and indeed Nigeria in the internatio­nal community.

While pledging NiMet’s continuous commitment to achieving excellence and sustaining high standards in the training of meteorolog­ists and meteorolog­ical technician­s, Mashi used the opportunit­y to thank the federal government for providing the resources, guidance and support that enabled NiMet to successful­ly attain the certificat­ion.

The centre in recent times had undergone upgrades in facilities and runs regular and non-regular programmes for manpower developmen­t and improvemen­t. These regular programmes include Job-Entry Level Meteorolog­ical Technician­s-in-Training Course: Medium/Senior Level Meteorolog­ical Technician­s-in-training Course: Instrument­ation course and Aeronautic­al Meteorolog­y, while the non-regular programmes are Refresher courses for Aeronautic­al Meteorolog­ical Forecaster­s and Observers.

The World Meteorolog­ical Organisati­on Regional Training Centre trains Nigerians and nationals from other African countries like Liberia, Senegal, Ghana and Uganda, amongst others.

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