By Henry Umoru
AS part of moves to check conflicting data information in the country, the Federal government has disclosed that any statistical data that has not emanated from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) must not be accepted as correct and acceptable data.
The government also said that it has concluded arrangements with major Key stakeholders to conduct the Nigeria Energy Survey as well as the National Capital Stock Survey, the Nigeria Manpower Stock and Employment Generation Survey.
Speaking at the National Statistical Workshop for Journalists in Jos yesterday, the Chairman, Governing Board of the NBS, Ambassador Greg Ozuomba-Mbadiwe who noted that the Agency will continue to play its statutory role as the apex statutory agency in Nigeria, however called on all major stakeholders to support the National Bureau of Statistics in the realisation of its set goals.
The three day Workshop which is holding at the Hill Station Hotel, Jos, Plateau State is organised by the National Bureau of Statistics in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
Earlier in his remarks, the Plateau State Governor, Jonah Jang who reiterated that peace has fully be restored in Plateau State, stressed that the government was committed to entrenching a system that would help eliminate the falsification of information and doing things without facts and figures.
According to him such practices had affected the development of the state adversely, just as he said that such an act had made it difficult to determine when and where to provide essential services to the people.
â€œYou are all witnesses to the fact that such practices in the past had adversely affected our development by making it difficult to determine when and where to provide essential services to the people. However, our present resolve to re_invigorate the State Statistical Agency is to help provide the state government with reliable socio-economic statistics for policy formulation, monitoring and evaluationâ€.
Represented by the State Deputy Governor, Mrs. Paullen Tallen, who stressed the need for all ministries, agencies and local government area councils to strengthen their statistical data base if poverty must be reduced, said there must be a paradigm shift on how government business must be done properly with accurate data if the country must get to where developed nations are.
According to Jang, the state has concluded plans to reposition and strengthen its statistical agency to enable it cope with the challenges ahead, adding, â€œAs a matter of policy, we are determined to ensure the production of accurate, timely and reliable statistical information that will serve as a guide for good governanceâ€.
In his address of welcome, the Statistician General of the Federation, Dr Vincent Akinyosoye saidÂ that in view of the ongoing reform agenda of the Federal Government, it has become very important for the National Statistical System (NSS) to improve on its dataÂ generation efforts, adding that the move gave rise to the design of a comprehensive National Strategy for the Development of Statistics (NSDS) for the NSS which is a five-year plan spanning over 2009 to 2013.