The training is part of a US$6.7million project signed between the government of Liberia and the UN office on Climate Change intended to restrain the effect of climate change.
Speaking at a briefing session before departure, Transport Minister Angela Bush Cassel noted that the training in the area of Metrology was triggered by government’s preparedness to address the issue of climate change.
Minister Cassel Bush indicated that the trainees that were drawn from various ministries will upon their return manage Liberia’s weather stations setup across the country.
She further challenged trainees to cultivate discipline and brotherliness, noting: “you are now serving as the symbol of your country”.
“We need people to manage the meteorological programs, so we identify people from key agencies to train and manage the weather centers around the country,” she emphasized.
“We have set up metrological centers across the country that helps us collect data to do weather forecasting. It is needed for all sectors including the agricultural, aviations and other strategic sectors,” she stated.
For his part, Kamil Kamalaudeen UNDP Country Director called on the trainees to serve as diplomats to efficiently achieve the objectives of the training.
Kamalaudeen stressed the need for more education in the meteorological sectors so as to reduce the effect of climate change.
“When Liberians master the weather they will be in the position to advice their country about various conditions affecting the climate condition of the Country,” he stated.