EDUCATION LOCAL NEWS NIMET BEGINS ACADEMIC ACTIVITIES IN KATSINA By Admin Posted on 1 week ago 2 min read 0 0 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on Pinterest Share on Linkedin By Fawziyyat Yusuf. The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) is preparing to begin academic activities at its Katsina-based Meteorological Institute of Science and Technology (MIST). Mr Muntari Ibrahim, the NiMet’s General Manager, said in a statement released Monday in Abuja that the government gave its consent in a letter dated Sept. 9 in response to the agency’s request to begin academic activities. Mr Rabi Abubakar, NiMet’s Deputy Director (Staff Welfare and Training), signed the letter on behalf of Sen. Hadi Sirika, Minister of Aviation. “I am directed to refer to your letter Ref. No. NiMet/DG/FMA/HMA/M/Vol.1/30 dated Aug. 24 on the above subject. “ Also to covey the approval of the minister for the commencement of full academic session and activities at the newly established Meteorological Institute of Science and Technology, Katsina as requested. “Following this, lectures have commenced for National Diploma in Meteorology and National Diploma in Climate Change Science at the institute. “Students were admitted through JAMB Central Admission Processing System (CAPS). The National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) has approved these national diploma programs with two streams of 30 students each, according to the letter. Sirika commissioned the institute on May 21, 2019, according to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN). The institute, according to Ibrahim, was founded to serve as a training and research center for meteorology and climate change sciences. “MIST has embarked on an aggressive expansion of its manpower and boasts of eight PhD holders, among whom are five professors, while seven other lecturers hold Masters’ Degree in related disciplines,“ he said.