Semafara who has led the Rwanda Meteorological Centre (Meteo Rwanda) for the last 24 years has retired. His retirement request was approved by the Cabinet meeting held on January 28 this year which also appointed Aimable Gahigi as his successor.
Speaking after handing over the office instruments to Gahigi, Semafara commended the Government of Rwanda for the trust conferred on him in climate data services and urged his successor to build on what was achieved before.
“Meteo Rwanda has a main duty to timely share weather and climate information which helps different institutions in planning. You have all it takes to achieve goals you set,” Semafara said.
Semafara urged the remaining staff members to help the Director General in delivering the best services to Rwandans.
The incoming Director of Rwanda Meteorological Centre, Aimable Gahigi has pledged to improve the timely dissemination of weather related information and climate services to all sectors of the economy including agriculture, health, and energy among others.
“It requires working hand in hand with every sector to know information they need and disseminate it to them on time. We will focus on working well with partners,” Gahigi said.
The Minister of Environment, Dr. Vincent Biruta who chaired the handover ceremony said Meteo Rwanda has grown into a large institution and collaboration among staff will help it get to another level.
Minister Biruta handed Semafara a certificate of appreciation and thanked him for his role in the growth of the Centre.
“The outgoing Director General has had a big role in the growth of this Centre. He retired after serving the Government with commitment,” Biruta said.
“We hope the new Director General will use his experience to build on what was achieved. You should know that all you do is for the service of Rwandans. We promise our full support in your work to help the citizens access weather related information,” Minister Biruta added.
Semafara has been in meteorological services since 1972 while the incoming Director General Aimable Gahigi previously served as a researcher at Rwanda Agriculture and Animal Resources Development Board (RAB).