Sierra Leone has joined other countries around the world to celebrate World Meteorology Day, on the theme, “Measurements and the Global Energy Challenge”.
Welcoming his audience in the Presidential Lounge of the National Stadium, Chairman on Standards, Meteorology and Technical Regulation, Ibrahim Sesay said the need for accurate measurements is evident throughout history, but it was the rapid rise in international trade that led to the desire for an internationally recognized system. He noted that measurement is everywhere, playing a vital role in people’s lives as it underpins the welfare of people in modern societies and touches on almost every part of daily lives.
Sesay maintained that in some industries, the need for accurate measurement is critical, especially for countries manufacturing precision engineering components used in aeronautic engines.
Representing the Trade and Industry Ministry, Ahmed Akar Ahmed, the professional head in the Ministry, indicated that the world will face “growing global energy challenges” in the coming decades because of what he said, “is the growing energy demand” particularly from emerging nations, coupled with the need to limit or reduce green house emissions. Akar Ahmed stated that measurement of energy has always been one of the central challenges that have shaped the system of base and derived units.
Ahmed Akar Ahmed stressed that the availability of energy from many different sources is vital for human existence. The professional head at the Trade and Industry Ministry asserted that the well-being of industries, commerce and the maintenance of quality life depends on safe, secure, sustainable and affordable energy.
He disclosed that government through the Trade Ministry has put in place a meteorological structure with the aim to establish a National Meteorological Institute, to serve as reference point for the ECOWAS region and to provide an accurate measurement system for Sierra Leone and the sub region.
The Executive Director of Standards Bureau, James Dumbuya expressed delight that Sierra Leone joined other countries the day, marking the commemoration of the anniversary of the signing of the Meter Convention in 1875. He said the convention ensured the provision for a world-wide coherent measurement system. The Executive Director admonished that as the world faces growing global energy challenges, “there is need to improve on the ability to measure a whole series of parameters”.
Dumbuya noted that across the world, national meteorological institutes are continually advancing measurement science by developing and validating new measurement techniques at different sophisticated levels.
The Standards Bureau, Executive Director noted that the day is set aside to recognize and celebrate the contributions of intergovernmental and national organizations staff and their efforts to ensure that measurements are central to most countries’ basic decisions on complex energy challenges.
By Ade Campbell
Wednesday May 21, 2014