The West African Science Service Centre on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use, WASCAL, has appointed the Director-General/CEO of the Nigerian Meteorological Agency, NiMet, Professor Sani Abubakar Mashi into her International Advisory Board (IAB) for a period of 5 years, effective June 2018.
Prof. Mashi’s appointment into the advisory board of WASCAL Doctoral Research Programme on West African Climate System (DRP-WACS), one of the doctoral programmes of WASCAL hosted at the Federal University of Technology Akure, Ondo State, Nigeria, will contribute to the achievement of its sole aim of strengthening climate-related research in the West African Sub-region.
The General Manager, Public Relations, Muntari Ibrahim who made this known in statement on Monday, said, that the West African Science Service Center on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use (WASCAL) project is a large-scale research-focused programme initiated to develop effective adaptation and mitigation measures to climate change.
He further noted that the geographical focus of WASCAL is on West Africa, with in-depth research in case study watersheds in Benin, Burkina Faso, Nigeria and Ghana.
According to him,WASCAL is designed to help tackle the challenge of climate change in a view to enhance the resilience of human and environmental systems to climate change and increased variability.
“It does so by strengthening the research infrastructure and capacity in West Africa related to climate change and by pooling expertise of ten West African countries and Germany. The programme is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).
“The role of the board of WASCAL, of which the NiMet DG/CEO is a part of, is to serve as advisor to help facilitate student selection, curriculum development and review, lecturers’ selection and student research proposal review; ensure the quality of the programme and its regional character, as well as deal with any other matters assigned by authorities of the WASCAL programme” he said.
Ibrahim further stated that NiMet’s enormous impact in the West African Sub-region seems to be gaining traction and yielding positive fruits with this recognition and appointment of Professor Sani Abubakar Mashi.
“With this and many more, NiMet is not resting on its oars, as its motherly arm stretches towards other African countries by way of technical support” he ended.