BY VINCENT UJUMADU
AWKA—THE World Bank is to collaborate with Anambra State Government to establish statistical masterplan in the state.
Head of World Bank Statistical Project, Dr. John Mgwafon, said at the user- satisfaction baseline survey workshop organised by National Bureau of Statistics in collaboration with the Federal Government and the World Bank, that the bank would continue to give the state support to attain the desired height.
He described statistical system as very important in policy-making and expressed satisfaction with the framework put in place by the government to ensure the success of the project.
The Acting Statistician- General of the Federation, Alhaji Razak Sanusi, who was represented by Mr. George Oparaku, commended Governor Peter Obi for promoting statistical profession in the country, noting that he was among the first set of governors that signed the law establishing the state statistical masterplan.
He said the state was also in the forefront in the implementation of the national and state statistical masterplan, stressing that he was the first governor in the six pilot states of the project that have organised workshop for the project.
Gov. Obi said functional statistics and data were fundamental in effective planning and execution of policies and programmes.
He observed that proper planning had enabled the state to maintain regular payment of salary, pension and gratuity, as well as sustain the drive to eradicate poverty and hunger, in addition to ensuring adequate allocation of resources to various sectors to meet their needs.