Prof Sani Abubakar Mashi is a specialist in the environmental application of remote sensing and the current Director-General / CEO Nigerian Meteorological Agency. He is the Permanent Representative of Nigeria and Member of Executive Council to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).
He was previously the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Administration), University of Abuja. He is currently a Member Technical Advisory Council, National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA). He also served as the Coordinator (Director-General) and Chief Executive of the Abuja Metropolitan Management Council.
Prof Sani Abubakar Mashi was born on the 27th of February 1964 in katsina, katsina state, Nigeria. He attended Bayero University, Kano from 1984-1988; Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria from 1990-1994 and Bayero University, Kano from 1995 – 1998, for his BSc, MSc, and PhD.
He started his career as a Geography Teacher at Amuye CAC High School, Owo, Ondo State where he was posted for the National Youths Service from 1st Sept. 1988 to Aug. 1989.
Shortly after his NYSC, Sani Abubakar Mashi was appointed Graduate Assistant in Geography, at the Department of Geography, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria on the l2h of Nov. 1989 where he rose to Lecturer II on 5 Dec. 1999
Mashi transferred his services to the Department of Geography, University of Abuja, Nigeria in 2000 as Lecturer I where he rose to become an Associate Professor of Geography on 10 March 2007 and Professor of Geography on 12 October 2008.
Prof Sani Abubakar Mashi was On Sabbatical at the Department of Geography, Nasarawa State University, Keffi in 2007 where he served as Ag. Head, Department of Geography from 11 May 2007 to October 2007
He has served the University of Abuja in different capacities. They include Deputy Director (Academic), Centre for Distance Learning and Continuing Education, University of Abuja; M.Sc & PhD Programmes Coordinator
Prof Sani Abubakar Mashi served between 14 March 2009 to May 2010 as Nigeria Coordinator (Director-General) & Chief Executive Officer of Abuja Metropolitan Management Council, Federal Capital Territory Administration, Abuja.
He was drafted to the Geography Department, Umaru Musa Yar’adua University, Katsina, as Professor of Geography (On Secondment) from 2010 to 2014 where he was Head, Dept of Geography; Dean, Faculty of Natural and Applied sciences; and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic).
Prof Sani Abubakar Mashi returned to the University of Abuja in 2014 and was immediately appointed as Director of Academic Planning. He was appointed as the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Administration) of the University on 22 February 2015.
President Mohammed appointed Prof Sani Abubakar Mashi the Director-General, Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET) in January 2017.
Prof Sani Abubakar Mashi’s Vission at Nimet
In his words: “I want to emphasize this: My vision for NIMET is clear: it is to make NIMET a world-class outfit. This is because the services we offer are not just for Nigerians but for the benefit of everybody anywhere in the rest of the world. When foreign airlines are coming into the country, they rely on us.
“So, we want to keep up the service and better it so that whenever they go up, or they enter Nigeria’s territorial airspace, they get the best type of information that any meteorological agency can give anywhere in the world.”
“I want to be remembered for transforming NIMET; as the transformer who transformed NIMET, not just into the best agency in the country, but one of the world’s very best.
“This way, whenever any country, especially in the developing world – whether African, American or Asian – wants to develop their own meteorological agency, they will look at NIMET as their role model.”