SG's Message

 

2022: Enhancing Institutional Capacity and Strengthening Statistical Production in the Nigerian Statistical System

The dawn of a new year, as always, presents an opportunity to take stock of events of the past year and strategize for a more productive year of statistical activities. This past year was indeed very exciting for the National Bureau of Statistics. It was one which saw the completion of several innovative and long overdue data collection exercises. Noteworthy, was the completion of the National Business Sample Census (NBSC), the first since 1997, and the completion of the first ever 12-round monthly longitudinal telephone survey, which collected information on the effect of the Covid-19 pandemic on Households in Nigeria. The results of these activities, in addition to NBS routine statistical output ensured that government, private sector operatives and the general public had the necessary tools for informed decision making and monitoring.

  1. As you may be aware, there was a change in the management of the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), the National Statistics Office (NSOs) of Nigeria last year with the expiration of the tenure of Dr. Yemi Kale, the longest serving Statistician-General of the Federation and Chief Executive Officer of the Bureau. While recognising and appreciating Dr. Kale’s service to the development of statistics in Nigeria, there is no doubt that, the enormous task of building a veritable and modern statistical system for the country remains unfinished. As a developing system, we must continue to build and enhance the requisite skills and capacity needed to adequately fulfil our mandate of being the authoritative source of official statistics, and coordinator of the statistical system in Nigeria, and in this year 2022, we are committed to doing so.
  2. Accordingly, plans have already been concluded to carry out series of data collection and statistical capacity development exercises that are relevant in sustaining the advancement of statistical practice in the country. Key among the activities planned for the year are the National Agricultural Sample Census (NASC), Labour Force Survey and the Nigeria Living Standard Survey (NLSS). Also planned for the year will be the 5th Wave of the General Household Panel Survey, and a comprehensive review of the Methodology for computing labour force statistics and the rebasing of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and Consumer Price Index (CPI). These efforts are to be done in collaboration with relevant stakeholders including the State Bureaus of Statistics, Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) as well as relevant Development Partners. Our 2022 data release calendar which is already published on NBS Website will further provide a comprehensive list of reports planned for the year.
  3. The implementation of all these activities, working in unison with data producing agencies at both federal and state levels will go a long way in supporting government policies and programmes as well as enhancing the capacity and coordination mechanism of the statistical system in Nigeria.
  4. As we look forward to a successful 2022, we are as ever, mindful of our obligations as the national statistical agency to policymakers and businesses. The quality and timeliness expected, as well as the confidence that the public attributes to the statistics produced by the system cannot be over emphasised. We remain steadfast in our commitment to upholding our core values to ensure that such trust is not misplaced. At the same time, the Bureau will step up advocacy efforts to ensure that users are properly sensitised regarding statistical methodologies and interpretation to prevent misinformation especially in a political season.
  5. I wish us all a very happy and productive 2022.

 

Best Wishes!

 

Dr. Simon B. Harry 

Statistician-General of the Federation & Chief Executive Officer,

National Bureau of Statistics,

Abuja 

12 January, 2022