By KUNLE KALEJAYE
The Statistician-General of the Federation, Dr Yemi Kale has appealed to households to cooperate with the Bureau enumerators to collect statistical information that will guide government in creating jobs in the country.
The statement said the NBS, in collaboration with the Office of Chief Economic Adviser to the President, would conduct the survey through the application of appropriate statistical methodology for tracking variability in the number of jobs created or lost every quarter.
“The main objective of the survey is to improve available information and data on the Nigerian labour market through the application of appropriate statistical methodology,” it added. The statement said the survey would cover the fourth quarter of 2012 and the first quarter of 2013 to ascertain the level of national job creation efforts and the labour force. It said that the survey would also cover the informal and formal sectors in the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory.
“Our field officers will be visiting selected establishments and households between June 18 and July 2, 2013 to collect the required data. The NBS hereby solicits necessary cooperation from establishments and households for the success of this exercise, particularly in completing the questionnaires correctly. In compliance with the Statistical Act 2007, all information collected through this survey will be held in strict confidence and used for statistical and planning purposes by the Federal Government.’’
The statement, however, cautioned that any failure to give information as required would attract penalty or imprisonment as stated in the Statistics Act.
“And we intend to invoke the provisions of the law if necessary to ensure compliance, including publishing names of corporations that decide to withhold information, thereby violating the statistics law. We will want to reiterate that national development and inclusive growth is a collective responsibility. Therefore, accurate, timely and reliable data is a major prerequisite for strategic planning and development.’’