FG Agency Commends Osun On Flood Control

The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET) has commended the initiative of Osun State Government in using the seasonal rainfall forecast from NIMET for its planning purposes, to ensure safety of lives and properties in the state. This is even, as the agency is seeking partnership with the state government over the use of some of the services it is capable of providing. The agency, in a letter of commendation signed by its Director General, Dr. Anthony Anuforom, said it was pleased with the way the state government cleared drainages in Osogbo, the state capital and its environs, in anticipation of the predicted heavy rainfall in the Southern part of Nigeria. “I wish to refer to a publication in the Punch Newspaper of Wednesday, August 21, 2011, page 12, under the caption “Osun Festival” in which you pointed out that drainage clearing exercise was informed by the seasonal rainfall prediction given by Nigerian Meteorological Agency at the beginning of the year.” The Director General also added; “I am pleased to inform you that our Evaluation and Monitoring Unit has confirmed that the seasonal rainfall forecast we issued in February this year, corroborated well so far with the actual rainfall observations, especially in the Southern parts of Nigeria.”He noted that Osun State is among the corporate bodies that are proactively applying scientific information in weather and climate predictions for safety and sustainable development. Anuforom, while commending the state government for the confidence it has in the products and services of NIMET, stated that the agency has other specialised products and services that will better address particular needs of Osun State. “We will be very glad to partner with your government towards providing early warning system and other weather and climate related services for agriculture, water resources management, disaster and emergency management systems, including flood forecasting and drought information services. “I once again salute your initiative in clearing the drains before the rains, which has resulted in free flow of water and thereby ensuring safety of lives and properties,” he added.

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