The Central Forecast Office (CFO) of the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMeT) has cautioned and alerted the public to the possibility of poor visibility occurring in the northern region of the country.
The general manager of the agency’s public relation unit, Muntari Ibrahim, disclosed this in a press release from the CFO.
“Dust was raised over Faya Largeau, a dust source region in Chad Republic, during the morning hours of January 1, 2022. The plume of dust is expected to disperse towards Nigeria and reduce visibility ranges in the northern part of the country during the morning hours of January 2, 2022.”
The statement also revealed that the raised dust should be transported into the country as from 0500LT of January 2.
“Cases of thick-to-moderate dust haze is expected over the extreme north.
“Areas to be most affected include Yobe, Kano, Jigawa, Katsina, Kaduna, Bauchi, Gombe and Borno, where horizontal visibilities should be around 1000m and below.
“NiMeT further cautioned that flight operations may be disrupted. Therefore, airline operators are required to pick up their flight folders and adhere to regulations, especially at aerodromes in the northern parts of the country.
“Road users are also advised to drive slowly and carefully, due to poor visibility during this period, especially this festive period. People with respiratory problems should also take caution.
“While wishing all Nigerians a prosperous new year, NiMet is committed to monitoring the trend for any changes,” the statement added.