The Minister of State for Environment, Ibrahim Jibril, has charged the Federal University of Technology, Akure, FUTA, to lead the search for solutions to the debilitating flooding and other effects of climate change ravaging parts of the country.
The Minister, who gave the charge during his working visit to the West African Science Service Centre on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use, WASCAL, domiciled at the university, said with the equipment and quality of manpower at the Centre, FUTA can help the country solve its myriads of environmental challenges.
While briefing the Minister on the operations of the Centre, the Director, Professor Kehinde Ogunjobi, said part of the mandate of the Centre, which is being supported by the German Government, is to train competent weather and climate scientists capable of providing viable solutions in agriculture, water resources and allied sectors for enhanced and sustaina-ble agricultural production.
The Centre’s facilities include, among others, Standard World Meteorological Organisation, WMO; Meteorological Observatory and a High Performance (computing facility) Cluster, used for high speed simulation of Weather/NWP and climate models.
In the minister’s entourage were the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Dr. Shehu Ahmed, and Executive Director, Forestry Research Institute of Nigeria, FRIN, Dr. Adepoju Adeshola.
While appreciating the Minister’s positive comments about FUTA, the Vice Chancellor, Professor Fuwape, said the Institution is always in collaboration with reputable establishments and Institutions locally and other international, noting “through consultancy and training programmes, we have contributed to tackling environmental challenges and we will not fail Nigeria in this regard.”