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NiMet, Earth Networks to Collaborate on Weather Information Services

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As part of efforts to further strengthen its capacity in weather and climate information services,  the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has announced a partnership with Earth Networks, a global provider of weather intelligence.

The partnership agreement includes a five-year collaboration to build the Nigeria Total Lightning and Mesoscale AWS Network (NTLMAN) for early warning of severe weather.

The partnership was consummated during a live virtual Memorandum of Understanding signing ceremony from Abuja and Germantown, Maryland.

Under the agreement, Earth Networks and NiMet will deploy and operate a comprehensive early warning lightning detection network in Nigeria and jointly co-market new sources of weather and lightning data to public and private industries in Nigeria.

U.S. Embassy Environment, Science, Technology, and Health Officer Adam Jagelski and Director-General of NiMet, Prof. Mansur Bako Matazu at the virtual meeting

Precision weather stations and lightning sensors will be hosted at NiMet locations and maintained by NiMet staff. In addition to the network equipment, Earth Networks will also provide training and development for NiMet staff regarding use of comprehensive weather data, including real-time and historical lightning data, weather observations, sensor forecasts and live storm-tracking and alerting.

This new agreement with NiMet supports Earth Networks’ commitment to build sustainable public-private weather information services partnerships with countries around the globe.

Government agencies and private enterprises in Nigeria alike will now have access to a complete suite of visualization, forecasting, storm identification, alerting, and tracking services, developed and offered jointly by NiMet and Earth Networks.

This cooperation means any industry affected by weather in Nigeria, including aviation, oil and gas, mining, and manufacturing, can now take advantage of the most technologically advanced severe weather alerts and data to promote safety and ease operational challenges caused by weather.

“We’ve been working in more than 25 countries in Africa since 2013 to save lives and protect property with high-resolution weather and lightning data,” said Jim Anderson, Vice President of Global Sales at Advanced Environmental Monitoring, Earth Networks’ parent company. “We are excited to partner with NiMet to help accelerate the expansion of their high impact weather forecasting capacity and bring new weather warning services to enterprise customers in Nigeria.”

In his remarks at the virtual MOU signing ceremony, U.S. Embassy Environment, Science, Technology, and Health Officer Adam Jagelski said the partnership between Earth Networks and NiMet will help expand Nigeria’s capacity to accurately provide critical weather forecasting information and climate services, supporting Nigeria’s economic development by protecting the lives and property that are critical to several key sectors.

 

NiMet DG, Prof. Matazu

“The signing of this MOU is exemplary of the mutually beneficial partnership model U.S. businesses can employ to engage the Nigerian market,” Jagelski said. “I am thrilled to see Earth Networks using the partnership model to bring the expertise of one of America’s truly innovative companies to the strategic infrastructure sector in Nigeria.  We hope to see more of America’s premier companies developing partnerships as a means to bring their best-in-class products and services to Nigeria and the whole of Africa.”

About Earth Networks

Earth Networks, a member of the Advanced Environment Monitoring (AEM) family of innovators, has developed partnerships in many countries over the past several years to bring weather observation, forecasting, and alerting technologies that are both low-cost and easy to deploy and maintain.

The company is committed to enabling the best weather and lightning observation networks, visualization tools, and early warning alerting technologies to the world. Schools, airports, sports teams, utilities, and government agencies rely on their early warning solutions to safeguard lives, prepare for weather events, and optimise operations.

Companies across all industries use Earth Networks’ weather data to automate decisions regarding risk management, business continuity, and asset protection.

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AIB-N, NAF Collaborate for Improved Air Safety

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 Group Capt. B. A . Usman and COMM/CEO, Engr. Akin Olateru, at AIB Head office, Abuja.

Accident Investigation Bureau Nigeria (AIB-N), has reiterated its commitment to maintaining partnership and institutional collaboration with the Nigerian Airforce (NAF).

This is part of its drive to ensure sustainable cooperation with relevant authorities for safer airspace in Nigeria.

The Commissioner AIB, Mr Akin Olateru, who stated this while receiving the newly appointed Abuja Military Airport Commandant, Group Capt. B. A. Usman says the NAF had the Bureau’s full support and cooperation in ensuring air safety in the country.

He disclosed that AIB-N, as a government agency, has a strong relationship with the NAF, which was sealed with a pact between the two government establishments.

“AIB-N cannot do it alone. A strong collaboration must exist among relevant agencies in order to ensure the continuous safety of the Nigerian air space,” the Commissioner said.

While soliciting the Bureau’s support, Group Capt. Usman said, his team were seeking ways to consolidate the existing synergy between the agencies to ensure maximum safety and security within and outside the airport’s environment.

The Commandant further urged the Bureau not to hesitate to call NAF in times of distress, assuring the Bureau of readiness of a rapid response at all times

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DEFINING A NATIONAL SELF INTEREST-LESSONS FROM A BASA AGREEMENT GONE SOUR

By Tunde Adeniji

The DG NCAA Captain Musa Nuhu recently issued a Press release, conveying the decision of the Honourable Minister of Aviation Sen. Sirika Hadi to replace the operating schedule approval for 21 frequencies/week given to Emirates airlines with 1 weekly Frequency. He had relied on the spirit and letter of the Bilateral Services Agreement (BASA) between the two countries in responding to the single slots weekly offered to Air Peace at Sharjah Airport. The DG’s letter ended with his assurance to members of the public that national interests in all Aviation matters will be jealously protected.

The Aviation Policy and Strategic group discussed the fallout from this decision exhaustively, deconstructing the issues involved, even as its erudite members put forward many good suggestions about how to proceed. The engagements have been rich and enlightening and our intention in contributing to this discourse is to focus on the need to define a National Self Interest in a robust policy framework to guide future BASA/external Aviation relations engagements.

This need is justified based on our experience as a Nation which seems to suggest that we may be haunted yet again by the many decision makers who fell into the trap described below by Jon Moen:

“People who are managing a (financial or economic) crisis are not immune from personal motivations…Sometimes the people in charge don’t know at first that their personal motivations and past experiences might not be compatible with what is best for the greater good.”

We view National Self Interest ‘’As the overriding purpose governing the state’s relationship with the outside world, it serves two purposes. It gives policy a general orientation towards the external environment. More importantly, it serves as the controlling criterion of choice in immediate situations. The dominant view of national interest, in other words, dictates the nature of a state’s long-term effort in foreign policy and governs what it does in a short-term context’’.

The concept of Bilateral Air Services Agreement (BASA) is the outcome of the compromise between the Open Skies advocacy of the US and the strong opposition by the UK and European countries, as a protection from their inability to compete with the formidable dominance of the US in post WW2 world. The delegates at the Chicago convention therefore agreed to a regime that allowed every country complete and exclusive sovereignty over its airspace with the provision that permissions were to be negotiated between contracting states on a bilateral basis. There are at least three different models of BASA, with varying levels of liberality, as may be agreed by the parties to it. We may therefore consider is a contract that should be mutually negotiated like any other

Slots on the other hand ‘’is the most emotive subject in civil aviation. It is the approval from an appropriate authority to take off at a particular time at one airport and land at its destination at another time. The difficulty arises in so called coordinated airports i.e., congested airports where there are severe capacity limits at certain times of the day. It subsequently dictates the difference between operating a route or not’’-D.H. Bunker

The Adam Smith model of Self-interest as the motivator of economic activity with competition as regulator to ensure the market runs efficiently without intervention, is situated below:

“It is not from the benevolence (kindness) of the government (of UAE), Its flag carrier (Emirates), or Airport (Sharjah) that we expect access to Air Peace, but from their regard to their own interest.”

It is important to state at the outset that the self-interest we advocate is (in the words of Lauren Hall) consistent with the demands of justice and becomes the germ from which virtuous, fair behaviour grows, to drive the larger economic engine of society.

In clear economic terms slots represents a barrier to entry and airlines awarded slots benefit from an economic rent. A system established to ensure stability has slowly become the property of the airlines. Slots are sold at a remarkable premium or used as a tool to exert unfair competitive pressures. It has been reported that many European countries who oppose the sale of slots, do so on the principle that, a private firm cannot benefit from a public good (Mackay 2008)

The decision to operate slot system or not remain those of the relevant airport and can be considered “its own internal cuisine‘’ just as ‘’A country’s motivation is its own concern, but the righteousness of its actions is the concern of all’’.

Nigeria like other states deliberately follow certain policies in pursuit of their national interest. The current face off with UAE, shows clearly that we have been a bit too eager to give than to receive or at least gave out before we received.

Our BASA is seemingly driven by the needs and ease of other countries. We have offered multiple entry points to countries, even where our own carriers have faced issues with slots for decades. These incongruities have never been convincingly explained to operators and other stakeholders

We have a unique opportunity to review our thinking and position in this area, especially as our slow adoption of Single African Air Transport Market (SSATM) and African Continental Free Trade Areas (AfCFTA) is totally in sharp contrast to our rush to embrace these dominant international brands

Our policies can start by ensuring that the investment by Nigerian carriers is complimented by access to the best of our facilities as no other country will ever offer them same.

A crisis, they say, is a terrible thing to waste, and so we suggest  that the minimum positive outcome from this saga should be a comprehensive policy paper that will spell out in clear terms, how Nigeria will take actions that will reduce to the barest costs and increase to maximum  benefits its engagements to further our National Aviation Interests.

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NiMet warns of Imminent Temperature Across Northern States

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The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has in its ‘High-temperature outlook’ issued yesterday in Abuja predicted that most parts of the northern region will experience temperatures greater than 35°C and less than 40°C between November 30 and December 1. Pervade

It also stated that northeast – Borno, Yobe, Bauchi, Gombe, the eastern part of Jigawa, Northern Adamawa, and Northern Taraba are all expected to have temperatures in the excess of 35°C.

Similarly, Sokoto, the western part of Zamfara, and the Eastern half of Kebbi, in the North East, are all expected to experience temperatures in the excess of 35°C during the forecast period.

In the central part of the country, Niger, Northern part of Kwara, west of FCT, southern Plateau, northeast of Kogi, and northwest of Benue are all expected to experience high temperatures.

In its forecast for December 1, the agency predicted high-temperature greater than 40°C over parts of Niger State.

However, other parts of Niger, FCT, northern Kwara, Kogi, Benue, Nasarawa, and eastern Plateau in the central states are expected to experience temperatures above 35°C.

Similarly, Sokoto, Kebbi, and Zamfara in the northwest as well as northern Jigawa,  southern Yobe, Borno, Gombe, eastern Bauchi, northern Adamawa, and northern  Taraba in the northeast is expected to record temperatures greater than 35°C.

Also, parts of Ogun State in the southwest could experience 35°C.

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