The Federal University Gusau (FUGUS) is to get installed resident observatory station in a suitable location within the university from the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) for the purpose of carrying out meteorological activities in the institution.
This was contained in a statement signed by the Information Officer of the university, Umar Usman, and made available to newsmen in Gusau, the Zamfara state capital yesterday.
The statement said, the decision was contained in a Memorandum of Understanding signed between the university and NiMet on 1st March, 2018 at NiMet office in Abuja and signed by the Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Magaji Garba and the NiMet Director General, Prof. Sani Abubakar Mashi.
According to him, part of the obligations of NiMet as agreed was the installment of the ROS, maintaining the meteorological instruments installed, posting of personnel and or observer(s) comprising of at least one meteorologist and one meteorological observer to the ROS for the purpose of generating, collating and analysing meteorological information or climate data in the station.
Other obligations were “catering for payment of salary of the personnel posted to ROS, providing furnishing and other office requirement to the personnel posted to the ROS, permitting staff and students with interest in teaching, knowledge acquisition, research and training in climatology/meteorology to have access to its meteorological and climate data of information for research activities.
“Training relevant personnel of the FUGUS on weather data collection, handling and processing of other related training exercises at its Regional Meteorological Training Centre (RTC) at costs to be determined by NiMet, and provide funds to support meteorological/climatological research, training and capacity development activities at the FUGUS,” the document stated.
The document further stated the obligations of FUGUS to include “Providing suitable land space within the university for the purpose of establishing the ROS and installation of meteorological instruments.
“Providing office space for the personnel and/or observers posted by NiMet to man the ROS, where available providing housing for the said staff, post relevant staff of the University to work with the staff posted by NiMet in the ROS, providing adequate infrastructure like water and electricity for effective running and maintenance of the ROS.
“Using its expertise to encourage and facilitate conduct of collaborative high-impact inter-agency research in climatology/meteorological and other applications, using its expertise in agricultural extension and liaison services to help NiMet provide effective SCP.”