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5 African countries keen to establish polling agencies

BY PETER EGWUATU

The Managing Director/CEO, NOI Polls Limited, Ms. Oge Modie, has said that five African countries have indicated interest to collaborate with NOI Polls to establish polling firms in their countries.

Speaking at a social media forum ‘Connecting Africa through Data’ in Lagos, Modie said that the countries included Angola, Ghana, Mozambique, Rwanda and Tanzania.

She said that her organisation has revolutionised data gathering and usage in Nigeria as the results of the polling conducted by the firm had been supporting planning and policies by governments and private firms in Nigeria.

According to her, Nigerians can be proud of providing data generated scientifically in the country for planning and advocacy instead of relying on data hoisted on the country by several organisations outside the shores of the country.

Speaking in the same vein, Mr. Bayo Akindeinde, the head of Enhancing Nigerian Advocacy for a Better Business Environment (ENABLE) in Nigeria, said that advocacy should be based on data generated scientifically and not on sentiments as it is often the case.

Akindiende explained that his organisation is supporting NOIPolls because of the crucial need for data generation in Nigeria and the credibility of the company. He, however, advocated that data should be used to engage the social media to begin to engage in evidence based discussions and arguments for the good of the society. Dr. Bell Ihua, the Director of Research of NOIPolls, who introduced the portfolios of indices on Well-Being, Consumer Confidence and Business Confidence, which the firm launched recently, said that the indices could be used to measure economic growth, consumer behaviour and impact of policies on the population.

“Portfolio of indices is key to enabling stakeholders in all major sectors of the Nigerian economy and across the globe to make informed decisions.

“They also serve as key pointers to would-be-investors in the Nigerian economy to enable strategic entry into the country,” Ihua said.


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