Communications Minister Inaugurates GMET Governing Board

An Eleven (11) – member Governing Board of the Ghana Meteorological Agency has been inaugurated in Accra on Thursday, 25th day of July, 2019.
The Board has Mr. George Isaac Amoo as Chairman, Dr Michael Tanu, Mr. Kwasi Agyei Tabi, Mad. Adelaide Asantewaa Asante, Mr. Ben Ampomah, Mr. Jonathan Nii Ahele Nunoo, Dr. Rosina Kyeremanten, Prof. Charlotte N. Esi Wrigley Asante, Mr. John Quacoe Amedior, Dr Mercy Badu and Mr. Sandow Tibila as members.
 
In an address after administering the Oaths of Office and of Secrecy, Mrs. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, Minister for Communications described the role of the Meteorological Agency as even more important today due to the sudden changes in the climate and weather conditions as a result of rising temperatures across the world and therefore of utmost importance as the Agency is fully equipped to deliver effectively on its mandate.
 
“It is also important to stress that, actualizing the vision of Ghana becoming the aviation hub of the sub-region is also dependent on the ability of the Agency to provide timely and reliable weather and climatic information especially for aviation purposes”. She added.
 
The Minister noted that from 2017 to date, the Agency has been assisted to procure 18 Automatic Weather Stations (AWS) which have been distributed to the Volta, Central, Western, Greater and Eastern Regions of Ghana. The Agency has also installed Message Switching System, hired and trained high calibre personnel as part of the efforts to transform the institution and improve its capacity to meet the needs of stakeholders.
 
She said, the Ghana Meteorological Agency Act, 2008 is currently before Parliament to be amended to provide secure funding for it and help transform the Agency into a more resourceful, robust and reliable institution which is poised to provide early warning signals to both citizens and weather-sensitive institutions.
 
Mrs. Owusu-Ekuful mentioned Improving Infrastructure and logistics, Enhancing the human resource capacity and strengthening the Internal Income Generating capacity of Agency as being part of the transformation process with the context of the GMet Five-Year Strategic Plan, (2019-2023)
She was confident that members of the board will bring the needed expertise and experience to address GMet’s current challenges.
 
The Minister indicated her confidence in the Board to formulate innovative strategies to transform the Agency into an even more effective and efficient institutions
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She mentioned the inadequate requisite scientific, technological and human capabilities to monitor forecast and announce early warning signals of severe weather and climate events to avert imminent dangers resulting from climate change as some challenges GMet had to deal with.
She entreated the board to come out with various innovative funding mechanisms for transforming the Agency into a robust, reliable and self-sustaining entity.
 
Mrs Owusu-Ekuful charged the Board to assist in the smooth implementation of the Roadmap of the National Framework for Climate Services, with priority attention on Agriculture/Food security (Agro meteorology), hydrology, Weather forecast, Climate Prediction, Communication and Observation, Marine, Disaster Risk Management, Health and Energy.
The Chairman for the Board, Mr. George Isaac Amoo assured the Minister on behalf of the governing council of their commitment to work hard to reposition GMet to make it a world class one.
He described the weather update as a ritual for most Ghanaians in the past.
 
“With this opportunity and honour done us, GMet is going to be repositioned having taken a paradigm shift from the hitherto perception that the nation and its citizenry have for GMet about weather forecasts being just mandatory”.
He assured the Minister that the effect of weather forecasts would be felt everywhere making it necessary for all Ghanaians to make a date with all media houses to ensure they listen to the weather forecast for the day to inform their movement.