By Tony Obiechina, Abuja
The Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Pastor Umo Bassey Eno has commended the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) for taking giant strides to modernize the National and State Statistical Systems.
According to the Governor, this move would facilitate the production of official statistics that all stakeholders would rely on for their respective programmes and projects.
The governor made the commendation at the ongoing Southern States stakeholders’ workshop on the National Strategy for the Development of Statistics (NSDS) Phase III, 2024-2028 holding at Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital.
He said, “I commend the National Bureau of Statistics, especially the Statistician-General of the Federation for his giant stride to modernize not only National but State Statistical System to enable production of official statistics that all stakeholders would rely on for their respective programme and projects”.
Governor Eno noted that the selection of Akwa Ibom State to host the South-South zone of the workshop was timely and aligns with the ongoing efforts to establish a modernized Akwa Ibom State Bureau of Statistics, adding that as a stakeholder in the statistical project, he was honoured to host the event.
While stating that Statistics is considered a public good, he encouraged all participants to contribute diligently to the new NSDS, in order to address gaps and challenges hindering the production of unified data that accurately reflects current emerging realities in our society.
In his keynote address at the occasion, the Statistician General of the Federation, Prince Adeyemi Adeniran identified five guiding principles that would enable the effective crafting of the new statistics strategy.
According to him, the principles include Inclusivity, Quality and Accuracy, Innovation and technology, Capacity Building, Partnership and Collaboration.
He emphasized the vital need for a robust strategy to guide the growth and development of the system that produces the statistics that all stakeholders would rely on for their respective work.
Earlier in his welcome address the State Director of Statistics, Mr Peter Akpan said in this era of data, official Statistics are indispensable for effective governance. READ ALSO:
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The Director called for concerted efforts in modernizing the State and National Statistical System through the internationally recognized framework, the National Strategy for the Development of Statistics (NSDS).
He said the selection of Akwa Ibom State by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) to host the Southern States Stakeholders’ workshop was a “divine alignment with the ongoing efforts of His Excellency, our data-friendly Governor, Pastor Umo Bassey Eno, to establish a modernized State Bureau of Statistics”.
He also commend the NBS particularly the Statistician-General of the Federation, for his untiring efforts in modernizing the National and State Statistical System.