By Emmanuel Elebeke

The minister of Budget and National Planning, Sen. Udoma Udo Udoma has inaugurated the newly constituted governing board of the National Bureau of Statistics, NBS in Abuja.

Inaugurating the board, the minister said the NBS has been adjudged as one of the most important agencies of government because of the critical role it plays in the economy.

He charged members of the board to work very hard to justify the confidence reposed in them and be guided by the Act establishing the NBS.

‘‘NBS is indeed a very important agency with a very high reputation. It plays a very important role in nation building. So, the need for a supportive governing board cannot be overemphasised because of the important role of that agency.

‘‘It is important that your appointment is on the part-time basis, you are required to work with the management of the NBS and determine its mission and long term strategic role and responsibility and develop a strategy to promote sustainable and efficient activities of the bureau.

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‘‘I urge you to become very familiar with the Act that established the bureau. Strict adherence to the statutory provisions will enhance harmonious relationship devoid of bickering and unhealthy occurrences. I urge you to work together in harmony and that way you will be able to ensure you keep on improving on the work of the NBS.’’

It will be recalled that the president had last year approve the constitution of the boards of some federal government agencies and parastatals to provide a proper governance and oversight function to them as well as to drive general policy formulation for the implementation of their management team.

The boards of the Centre for Management Development, CMD and the Nigerian Institute for Social and Economic Research, NISA were inaugurated in March 2018 by the minister but that of NBS, which requires Senate confirmation was postponed to await that confirmation.

The NBS is a government agency charged with the responsibility for data generation and dissemination in Nigeria. It facilitates sectorial development in updating and monitoring Nigerian social economic indicators and advises the government as well as the relevant stakeholders, including the private sector on our social ranking.

Meanwhile, the new governing board comprised six political appointees, nine institutional members under the chairmanship of Dr. Kabiru Nakaura and the Statistician Genera as the secretary and member of the board.

Earlier in his address, the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Ernest Umakhihe said their appointment was based on their good track records.

The event had long been awaited because of the boards of other agencies being supervised by the ministry had been inaugurated a year ago, leaving out the Nation Bureau of Statistics.

He charged the members of the board to be focused on carrying out their assignment and bring their various wealth of experience to bear because their appointment is a service to their fatherland.

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