The National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS) Kuru, Jos, has expressed interest in partnering with the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) to conduct research on industrialisation, climate change and energy security in Nigeria.
The team leader of NIPSS’ Senior Executive Course 45, Dr. Emmanuel Mamman explained during a recent visit to NiMet’s headquarters that the flagship programme of NIPSS is aimed at bringing together policymakers and academics from both public and private sectors to address the challenges facing Nigeria.
Mamman added that the theme for this year’s programme is ‘Industrialisation, Climate Change and Energy Security’ and participants will conduct research to develop a final report for President Muhammadu Buhari. He further stated that NiMet’s services are critical to the success of this year’s theme and the partnership with NiMet would enable the researchers to gather valuable information for their study.
In response, NiMet’s director-general, Prof. Mansur Matazu emphasised the agency’s role in providing climate-induced products and services in all socio-economic sectors of Nigeria. He cited a situation in which NiMet’s weather advisory saved the Central Bank of Nigeria about N120 billion, demonstrating the agency’s relevance to the country’s existence.
The visit also included presentations by Matazu and NiMet’s director of research and training, Prof. Effiom Essien Oku, as well as a tour of NiMet’s facilities.
This collaboration between NIPSS and NiMet represents a significant effort to address the challenges of climate change and energy security in Nigeria through research and dialogue among policymakers and academics.