By Lawani Mikairu
THE new director general of Nigeria Meteorological Agency, NiMet, Professor Sani Abubakar Mashi, has said that contrary to the speculation that NiMeT staff have not been regularly promoted, staff of the agency have enjoyed regular promotion under the former director general, Dr. Anthony Anuforom. This is just as he revealed that there is no disquiet in the agency since his assumption of office as the new director general.
Prof. Mashi, who was reacting to a publication that staff have not been promoted said, “On the question of promotion of staff raised in the publication, from the briefings I received so far, I want to stress that staff have been promoted as at when due over the years. Available records indicate clearly that in 2014 for instance, a total of 205 staff were promoted, while another 332 were promoted in 2015. In 2016 alone, another set of 315 members of staff also gained their promotions. The list of eligible candidates for promotion this year (2017) has already been compiled and being processed”.
He added, “My attention has been drawn to publications in some national dailies to the effect that there is a prevailing disquiet in the Nigeria Meteorological Agency (NiMet) regarding my assumption of duties as the newly appointed director general (DG) of the Agency, as well as issues bordering on the promotion of staff.
“In line with letter and spirit of the letter of my appointment and contrary to the insinuation in the said publication, I have since assumed duty at NiMet. Already, myself and Dr Anuforom have initiated a seamless transition/succession plan and been conducting the business of the Agency.
“In the past ten days, I can attest to the benefits of this succession plan. Together with the out-going DG, we have not only been going through technical and operational procedures together but have also visited some of NiMet’s critical installations where I was adequately briefed on their workings. Within this same period, we have been working in an atmosphere of friendship and partnership devoid of any tension. It is therefore completely false that there is some disquiet regarding