The federal government has granted approval to the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet), for the commencement of academic activities in its Meteorological Institute of Science and Technology (MIST), in Katsina State.
NiMet spokesperson, Muntari Ibrahim Yusuf, who confirmed the development, said the federal government through the Ministry of Aviation granted the approval which was given in a letter dated September 9, 2021 following a request by the Agency to commence academic activities.
He also said the letter, which was signed by the deputy director (Staff Welfare and Training) Rabi Abubakar, for the Minister, Hadi Sirika, reads: “I am directed to refer to your letter Ref. No. NiMet/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.
Yusuf also said 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.”
The MIST Katsina was commissioned by the Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika on May 21, 2019.
The Institute was established to serve as a centre of training and research on meteorology and climate change sciences.
Yusuf also said given this approval, the Institute had embarked on an aggressive expansion of its manpower and boasts of eight Ph.D holders, among whom are five professors; seven other lecturers hold Masters Degree in related disciplines amongst others.