Nigeria: The Environmental Protection Agency in Ghana has urged experts in the water and hydrological sectors to make effective use of the earth observation technologies made available to the country.
Dr Emmanuel Obeng made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on the sidelines of a training programme on the use of African Monitoring of the Environment for Sustainable Development (AMESD) in Abuja.
Obeng, a Senior Programme Officer in the agency, said the information gathered from many earth satellites would help Nigeria to develop its environment, agricultural and water sectors in a sustainable manner.
NAN reports that Nigeria has an AMESD satellite reception station installed in Kaduna which transmits information to three other receiving stations.
Obeng also urged Nigerian experts to use capacity in the area to harness the potential of these data to improve the environmental sector.
He said such trainings as the one organised by the Nigerian Hydrological Agency in conjunction with its counterpart in Niger Republic, would enable Nigerians to access use these facilities through its satellite reception station.
The officer said similar training programmes had been conducted in other West African countries under the auspices of ECOWAS for its member countries.
He urged hydrological experts to take advantage of the technology to improve on the use of environment indicators to avert environmental disasters.
Source: All Africa