By Ijeoma Nwankpa, Abuja.
Senator Hadi Sirika, Minister of Aviation
The 2021 Seasonal Climate prediction has been unveiled with a call on all stakeholders to use the NIMET’s current year prediction judiciously to avoid losses.
Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, stated this while unveiling the 2021 Seasonal Climate Prediction in Abuja.
He said that over the years, NIMET’s prediction has guided different sectors of the economy in preparing for their yearly activities.
Senator Sirika said this year’s onset prediction was normal and urged farmers to avoid early farming to avoid losses.
He advised farmers not to farm with the first rain which will likely occur on 1st March, 2021.
” The earliest onset date is likely to occur on the 1st of March, 2021, along the coastal line of the country, while the latest date is anticipated to be around 29th June in the northern most parts of the country while later than – normal onset dates are expected over a few places such as parts of Lagos, Ogun, Kebbi and Niger States”.
According to the Minister, the earliest cessation date is likely to be 9th October 2021 while around Kastina and the northern parts of Sokoto, the latest cessation date is expected to be on the 25th December, 2021 over the Niger- Delta region.
”The 2021 length of the growing season is expected to span between one hundred and ten days in the extreme north to three hundred days in the south, most places are expected to have their usual length of season.
However, a few places such as Lagos and the FCT are likely to have a shorter length of season.”
The prediction also showed that there would be a normal to above normal annual rainfall amount in most northern parts of the county such as Sokoto, Kebbi, Zamfara and Kano states.
On flooding, Senator Sirika said there would be normal to above normal rainfall in the country which could lead to flash floods due to increasing high density rainfall at the peak of the season.
On his part, the Director General of NIMET, Professor Sank Mashi, promised Nigerians that his agency would ensure that the prediction gets to the lowest level of the society and called on stakeholders to support the mandate of the agency.
Over the years, In the wake of increasing trend of uncertainties in the changing climate, NIMET has continued to meet national, regional and global expectations in weather and climate forecast thus the annual Seasonal Climate Prediction.
The theme is entitled, ”Seasonal Climate Prediction, supporting the Economy to cope with the challenges of COVID-19 Global Pandemic in Nigeria.”