The Director-General, Nigerian Meteorological Agency (Nimet), Prof. Mansur Bako Matazu, has advocated early action for disaster risk reduction.
Matazu said this on Friday 20 May 2022 in his goodwill message at the Public Presentation of the Disaster Risk Management Implications of The 2022 Flood Predictions organised by the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA.
Speaking, Prof. Matazu expressed appreciation to the Management and Staff of NEMA for their consistency in taking up NiMet’s Seasonal Climate Predictions (SCP) and the Annual Flood Outlook (AFO) by NIHSA year in year out for effective planning of weather-related disaster risk management in the country. Describing the act as commendable, Matazu noted that it will not only save lives but also conserve resources for economic benefit of the entire nation.
He further stressed that NiMet always makes effort to produce the Seasonal Climate Prediction and release it to the public with sufficient lead-time, this he emphasise is part of NiMet’s Early Warning drives and is for stakeholders, policy makers and the entire populace to take advantage of the prediction and advisories for adequate climate smart and weather-wise plans and decisions. In concluding Prof. Matazu urged that since “Early Warnings are available, let’s promote Early Action for Risks Reduction.” He said.
The Public Presentation of the Disaster Risk Management Implications of The 2022 Flood Predictions is an Expert Technical Meeting organised annually by NEMA, that analyzes the SCP by NiMet and the AFO as predicted by NIHSA after which they produce The Disaster Risk Management Implications.