By danjuma katsina
Most people are not aware that Katsina State has recorded an additions to the number of its institutions of learning which is the meteorological institute of science and technology.
There are only two such institutions in the country, one in Lagos which serves as a training institution for other African countries and then the one in Katsina.
The mession for the institute are to ensure service delivery of adequate meteorological training to all categories of staff as well as engage in tailored research with a view to continuously improving the quality of national meteorological,hydrobiological / climate change services of western central and east Africa in particular and Africa in general.
The course contents of the institution entails training of newly employed staff of the Nigerian Metrological Agency, NIMET, and further training for serving staff as well as conducting promotion examinations for all staff of the agency.
An added advantage to the institution’s academic standing is that it would starts awards certificates and diploma in different aspects of meteorological, as well as the provision of extension services to hydro biological/ climate changes.
States can also send agricultural extension workers and other officials from their agric ministries, departments and agencies to be trained on soil, weather and climatic conditions.
The institute was established in 2019 but due to the Covid-19 pandemic it did not become operational until 2021.
The institute provides training for NIMET officials and will admit its first sets of students for diploma course this year.
The Katsina State government has provided a permanent office accommodation for the institution which is along Kano-katsina road.which opposite Federal secteriat katsina.
I visited the institution on 3/6/2021, it has main lectures halls , a conventional library and an e-library equipped with thousands of books. The institute is also well equipped with laboratories as well as a clinic which takes patients on admission for a couple of hours. The campus also has a standard restaurant that is run by a popular restaurant owner in Katsina. The institution is a good conducive for teaching and learning.
At the point of take-off, an administrator was appointed to oversee the institution but was accused of lack of commitment to the development of Katsina State and the institution.
Consequently a new head was appointed for the institution in person of Dr. Bashir Gambo Saulawa who has a record of commitments both in academic excellence and to the well-being of Katsina State and the nation at large.
Saulawa is phd holder of environmental science. Msc environmental management, Hnd agricultural extension and management.
The institution has great potentials in academics and will further promote the image of Katsina State as a centre of knowledge, learning, and research. The institution will no doubt boost knowledge, economic growth and tourism in Katsina State.
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