The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) said it is targeting to have at least 1,000 weather stations in four years.
The NiMet Director General, Prof. Sani Mashi disclosed this in Abuja during the visit of the Secretary General, World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Prof. Pereri Taalas, to Nigeria. The visit was for WMO to sign host country agreement with Nigeria.
Mashi said though Nigeria needs about 9,000 weather stations to effectively cover the entire country, NiMet is targeting 1,000 stations within four years of his first tenure.
He said though he met 54 weather stations upon assumption of office over a year ago, he has grown that number to over 100 stations and is targeting to reach 200 stations before the end of 2018.
Prof. Peterri Taalas said due to rising global temperature there is need for stronger meteorological and hydrological services and also stronger WMO.