WMOS PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE ENDS VISIT TO LIBERIA

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Sub-regional Office Rep., Mr. Bernard Edward Gomez, being interviewed by MOT Press & Public Affairs Staff
The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Sub-regional Office Rep., Mr. Bernard Edward Gomez, being interviewed by MOT Press & Public Affairs Staff
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Monrovia: Wednesday, January 25, 2017: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Sub-regional Office Representative for North, Central and West Africa, based in Abuja, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Mr. Bernard Edward Gomez has successfully concluded an official visit to Liberia.

Briefing the Ministry of Transport Press Bureau on Friday, January 20, 2017 at the Ministry of Transport, Mr. Gomez who described his trip to Liberia as very successful said his visit to Liberia was intended to among other things identify needs support for the Hydro-Meteorological Sector of Liberia. He said, during his week-long visit, he held high level  discussions with several heads of Ministries and Agencies including Internal Affairs, Agriculture, Transport, Public Works, Finance, the Civil Service Agency (CSA), as well as stakeholders of Hydro-Met-related institutions and development partners; Robert International Airport (RIA),  UNDP, USAID, FEWS-NET, FAO, and ECOWAS.

He said following years of civil strife in Liberia, the Hydro-Meteorological sector in Liberia is still lagging behind in terms of capacity and full operations. According to Mr. Gomez, it is following this tour that WMO will begin exploring the possibility of galvanizing the needed support to assist the sector so as to prevent extreme weather events such as rainfall, wind storms, droughts, floods, etc.

Concluding, Mr. Gomez commended the stakeholders and development partners for the reception and cooperation accorded him during his stay in the country. Highlights of outcome of Assessment visit to Liberia:

1.    Liberia Meteorological Service (LMS) to take ownership of the National Meteorological Centre (NMC)        at Roberts International Airport (RIA) urgently for the following reasons:

•    Generate local data from ground stations to validate daily weather forecast from Nigerian                             Meteorological Agency & to meet international obligations (World Weather Watch)

•    Allow to better understand weaknesses and strengths in order to make the case for Volunteers from        UN,AU ECOWAS, Peace Corps, etc.

•    Become the weather service provider to aviation and eventually the other     weather sensitive sectors        of the national economy.