The Federal government has given approval to the Nigerian Meteorological Agency ( NiMet) to commence academic Activities in its Meteorological Institute( MIST) in Katsina state.
Spokesperson for NIMET, Muntari Yusuf who made the disclosure in a statement, Monday, said the approval, which was conveyed in a letter dated 9th September 2021, followed a request by the Agency to commence academic activities in the institute.
TheFact Nigeria reports that the MIST, Katsina, was commissioned by the Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika on the 21st of May 2019.
Specifically, the Institute was established to serve as a centre of training and research on meteorology and climate change sciences.
The approval letter, which was signed by the Deputy Director (Staff Welfare and Training) Rabi .N. Abubakar for the Hon. Minister Hadi Sirika, read: “I am directed to refer to your letter Ref.NoNiMet/DG/FMA/HMA/M/Vol.1/30 dated 24th August, 2021 on the above subject and covey the approval of the Honorable Minister for the commencement of full academic session and activities at the newly established Meteorological Institute of Science and Technology, Katsina as requested”.
“Following this, lectures have commenced for National Diploma in Meteorology and National Diploma in Climate Change Science at the Institute.
“The students were admitted through the JAMB Central Admission Processing System (CAPS). These National Diploma programmes have already been duly approved by the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) with two streams of 30 students each.
“Given this approval, the Institute had embarked on an aggressive expansion of its manpower and boasts of eight (8) Ph.D holders, among whom are five (5) professors; seven (7) other lecturers hold Master’s Degree in related disciplines amongst others”.