NiMet , AAAU SIGN MoU ON RESEARCH
In fulfilment of part of it’s mandate to add value especially in aviation and meteorology, the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet), has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the African Aviation and Aerospace University (AAAU), for Research, Resource Development and Exchange programmes.
The epoch making event took place yesterday at the take-off campus of the AAAU at Bill Clinton Drive, by Nnamdi Azikiwe International airport, Abuja.
In his remarks at the event, the Director General/CEO of the Nigerian Meteorological Agency, Prof. Mansur Bako Matazu emphasized the essence of the collaboration, “We intend to provide all our facilities of weather monitoring, weather analysis, product generation including user communication open to the University. We are very close in terms of physical location”.
He further added that by reason of the MoU, the students will be exposed to state -of-the-art equipment and hightech instrumentation in NiMet.
Prof. Matazu explained that NiMet’s products and services are research based which makes NiMet like an extension of the University system because the Agency does community service as well as teaching.
In his address, the Director of Academic Planning, Prof. Yahaya Zayyare Ibrahim, who represented the Vice Chancellor Captain Gabriel Tilmann expressed their appreciation to the DG of NiMet for the support rendered AAAU from inception, that without such, AAAU would not be where they are today. He also thanked the Federal Ministry of Aviation for their support.
Earlier in his welcome remarks the Registrar of the University, Mustapha Sheikh Abdullahi disclosed that the signing of the MoU represents a strong partnership between the two organisations, which share a common vision for the advancement of the aviation and the aerospace sectors in Africa, stressing that
“this collaboration will open up new avenues for knowledge exchange, research collaboration and capacity building initiatives”.
Mr Abdullahi said the University will start academic calendar in September with two courses, Bsc in Aviation Business and Bsc in Meteorology, while sales of forms online will commence in July this year
Written by: Kevin Nwabueze