By Favour Nnabugwu & Alice Festus
As Nigeria continues to grapple with the challenge of reliable data, the World Bank has urged the Federal Government to build a strong and reliable data base to monitor its development agenda.
The Country Director of World Bank, Marie Nelly, gave the advice at the stakeholders ‘consultative forum on the production and management of Ministries, Departments, and Agencies, MDA’s sector statistics, in Abuja.
According to her, “In Nigeria, like in any other country, where development strategies are invariably designed to reduce poverty and improve welfare of people, the important of having strong statistical systems to enhance countries ‘ability to control and monitor its own development agenda cannot be over-emphasized.
“No meaningful design, development, monitoring or evaluation of national strategies can take place without quality statistic to identify socio-economic problems, guide formulation and implementation of development policies.
“In other words, in order to foster development and measure achievements, we must establish data and the data at the end-target period. This is Monitoring and Evaluation, M&E, concept which you are all familiar with. This is true at federal level; it is equally true at state level.”