The Statistician General of the Federation and Chief Executive Officer of the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), Dr. Simon Harry has charges members of the National Consultative Committee on Statistics (NCCS), the coordinating body of the Nigerian statistical system, to rev up current efforts in the production of administrative statistics for national development.
Dr. Harry, who gave the charge in his keynote address on Thursday, March 24, 2022 at the 1st Bi-annual meeting of the committee in Kano, said it had become imperative for the members at national and subnational level to commit more efforts to administrative statistics production as doing so would enable the relevant agencies to satisfy 70-80 percent of data requirements in the country.
The Statistician General, who is also the Chairman of the NCCS, spoke on sundry initiatives being undertaken by the NBS, including the recent unveiling of its Strategic Roadmap 2022-2025 and intensification of efforts to produce critical surveys such as the Nigerian Living Standard Survey (NLSS), Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS), Labour Force Survey (LFS), National Business Sample Census (NBSC), among others, to ensure standardization of the Nigerian statistical system.
According to him, achieving the broad policy objectives of ICT-driven robust and credible national statistical system requires that all members of the NCCS and other critical stakeholders must continue to give all that it takes at all times.
The NBS CEO expressed his appreciation to the State Bureaus of Statistics (SBS) and relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) at the federal and state levels, for their increasing efforts aimed at sustaining sectoral statistical production for planning and development.