Maintenance audit has begun at the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) to ensure that it sustains the standard as preserved in the International Standard Organisation (ISO) certificate. Muntari Ibrahim, General Manager, Public Relations Unit at MiMet said that the audit came a year after migrating to ISO 9001:2015 Certification.
Director-General/CEO of NiMet, Sani Mashi revealed this while briefing the External Auditor from the Internation Standard Organisation, Frank Stromhier. Mashi mentioned that NiMet is still the only meteorological institution in Africa that had so far been certified. He went on to state that the agency was not resting on its oars as it would continue to maintain the standard, adding that all the issues that might arise from the audit would be addressed by the agency.
The director-general unveiled that NiMet has received requests from sister meteorological institutions in Africa to assist in obtaining their ISO certification. He also expressed appreciation for the advice and encouragement from the auditors that led to the acquisition of the certification in 2017.
Stromhier, an external auditor explained that the audit is a requirement within the International Standard Organisation (ISO). He gave details that once an organisation is registered and certified; it is necessary for an audit to be carried out once a year. This is to ensure that the institution is following the established registration requirements. According to Stromhier, the range of the audit will include the agency’s infrastructure, human resources, environment and instruments.
Stromhier stated that “It will also involve inspecting the four international airports in Abuja, Kano, Port Harcourt and Lagos as covered in the scope of NiMet certification and the maintenance audit will be for two years”. The ISO 9001:2015 certification is a model ICAO requirement that has brought international visibility to NiMet, being the first African meteorological institution to obtain it. According to Stromhier “it will also enhanced the agency’s operational activities and drawn commendations from both domestic and foreign airlines”.