By; SANI ALIYU, Zaria
The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET) has donated a wheather station to Nuhu Bamalli Polytechnic Zaria to boost the growth of the institution and education in Nigeria.
Speaking at the Inaugration of the centre the Director General of NIMET, Prof. Mohammed Mashi said educational institutions are one of the key stakeholders of NIMET, adding that individuals who participated in managing the affairs of the country are the products of educational institutions.
“This means if we interact and cooperate with educational institutions, we will go a long way in advancing meteorology,” he said.
The Director-General said NIMET provided fencing for centre, provided wind vane, hydrometer, maximum and minimum thermometer and evaporator.
According to him, the agency would bring automatic whether station to measure over 40 parameters at the same time.
“The total items cost about N50m, but it is not the money that matters but the quality of the services that would be delivered and the benefits they are going to derive is more than the amount we are spending.
“We believe it is an investment that is worth doing,” he said.
The DG said the agency has inaugurated and donated to the institution with the hope that staff and the students would make use of it so that at the end of the day, students would be better informed on meteorology.
Earlier, the Rector of the polytechnic, Dr. Mohammed Abdullahi commended the agency for the donation, adding that with this equipment, the institution would start a national diploma in Meteorology and climate change.
He said the institution would leverage on the curriculum developed by NIMET to approach National Board for Technical Education to obtain an approval for the courses.
The Rector said the institution would start a National Diploma in Meteorology and climate change by next session.