Scientists and Meteorologist in the climate sector to collaborate with stakeholders to improve service

The Minister for Communications and Digitalisation Mrs. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful (MP) has urged scientists and meteorologists working in the climate sector to enhance collaboration with all stakeholders to improve service delivery. This is because most countries are presently faced with drastic effects of climate change which has had significant impact on food security and often led to natural disasters such as catastrophic floods and droughts.

Mrs. Owusu-Ekuful was speaking at the official opening of the Nowcast and Synoptic Forecast Product Assessment and Improvement workshop with user climate information. Her speech was read by the Director, Research, Statistics and Information Management (RSIM) at the ministry.

She noted that with Sub-Saharan Africa presently seen as one of the most vulnerable regions to the effects of climate variability and change due to the fragility of the economy, it has become important to put in place proactive measures to mitigate the risks of climate change.

“The government of Ghana, through the Ministry of Communications and Digitalisation is committed to ensuring that the Ghana Meteorological Agency is assisted by providing it with the necessary tools and logistics that will ensure that GMet is well positioned to serve the needs of the country”.

Mrs. Owusu-Ekuful said the Ministry has supported the digitisation programme of the Ghana Meteorological Agency through the provision of 10 Automatic Weather Stations as part of the e-transform project funded by the World Bank. An additional 12 Automatic weather stations were also installed under the Ghana Agricultural Sector Investment Programme (GASIP) with funding from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).

The Minister said to further improve service delivery, the phase one of the development of a Weather Information Dissemination System (WIDS) for Ghana, led by GMet and its partners has been successfully completed and launched to the public. The WIDS will become Ghana’s solution to ensuring that weather information is accessible by all persons for their daily social and economic activities.

Mrs. Owusu-Ekuful noted that the government of Ghana’s flagship programme such as the one village one dam, one district one factory, and the planting for food and jobs programmes, which have so far seen major success are all climate reliant. Therefore, to guarantee the continued success there is the need to pay attention to climate conditions.

“it is therefore my expectation that at the end of this workshop, forecasters will learn from users and have a better understanding of the decision-making contexts by the provision of tailor-made forecast to the citizenry”.