The Federal Government has approved the commencement of academic activities in Meteorological Institute of Science and Technology, MIST, in Katsina State.
This is contained in a statement signed by the General Manager, Public Relations, Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) Mr Muntari Yusuf in Abuja.
The statement says the approval was given following a request by the agency to commence academic activities.
It says that following the government approval lectures have commenced for National Diploma in Meteorology and National Diploma in Climate Change Science at the institute.
According to the statement, students were admitted through the JAMB Central Admission Processing System (CAPS) adding that National Diploma programmes have already been duly approved by the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) with two streams of 30 students each.
It also explains that MIST, Katsina was commissioned by the Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika on the 21st of May 2019 and the Institute was established to serve as a centre of training and research on meteorology and climate change sciences.
It states that the Institute had embarked on an aggressive expansion of its manpower and boasts of eight Ph.D. holders, among whom are five professors; seven other lecturers hold Master’s Degree in related disciplines amongst others.
Meanwhile, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Representative for North, Central and West Africa, Dr Bernard Edward Gomez, over the weekend, commended Prof. Mansur Bako Matazu, for his intellectual input and quality leadership geared at repositioning the agency for tailor-made service delivery.
“The truth is that people here in Nigeria are very hardworking unlike other countries in Africa and beyond. Nigeria has a lot of intellectuals and manpower, no wonder NiMet is doing perfectly well in this direction” he added.
He commended the Director-General for this stride stressing that NiMet’s robust linkage especially with Nigerian Universities and academia is extremely important because of the research that will be made available for the agency.