Management of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has entered into partnership with the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) in an efforts to effectively manage atmospheric challenges associated with Climate Change in the country.
To this end, a Climate Observatory Center have been established in Ile Ife, Osun State and would be linked to the Space Application and Environmental Science Laboratory of the OAU. The Center is expected to provide scientific basis for political decisions, fishing operations, hydrological measures, Maritime Safety Administration as well as adaptation of strategies for combating climate change related problems.
Head of Public Relations of the agency, Ego Nwokocha, in a press statement noted that the center would also monitor and provide information on the Ozone concentration levels, ultraviolet radiation, and major air pollutants in the atmosphere.
Considering the fact that the global community is facing challenges of climate change, the project is aimed at supporting sustainable development via provision of accurate weather/ climatic information, and monitoring of ozone concentration levels amongst others.
The Climate Observatory Center is also expected to provide human resource capacity enhancement in form of short term refresher courses, workshops, conferences, seminars as well as outreach activities.
The center is equipped with wind sensors, air pollutant analyzers, tensionmeter, and an Ozone Monitor, amongst others.
The NIMASA is constitutionally mandated to implement all international instruments relating to safety, security and climate change and also a major stakeholder in issues of global warming as provided by Annex VI of MARPOL Convention.
The Climate observatory center is scheduled for commissioning on Monday, 2nd February 2010.