National Bureau of Statistics, NBS, said it has validated a compendium on statistics to address the challenges of conflicting data in Ministries, Departments and Agencies, MDAs.
The Director of Field Services and Methodology in the bureau, Mrs. Felicia Abioye, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) yesterday in Abuja.
Abioye said NBS had recently organised a workshop to update the Compendium of Statistical Terms and Framework for the Production of Administrative Statistics in MDAs.
She said the meeting provided an avenue for the statistical services personnel from the MDAs to unite and proffer solutions to harmonise data across the country.
“We came together and discussed one type of solution in form of data gathering so that we will not have conflicting data emanating for our countries. The MDAs will align with modern technologies for gathering data, while we, NBS, will coordinate the data.
“The compendium is very important in the sense that if we agree on one terminology it will be acceptable globally. Anybody can collect data on Nigeria from London and it will mean the same thing to that person collecting the same data in Nigeria,’’ she said.
The director said the project to update the compendium was implemented under the European Union Support to the Federal Government Public Service Reform, EU-SUFEGOR programme.
“The inclusion of statistics in EU-SUFEGOR is in realisation of the fact that for any reform to achieve its desired results; there is need to generate timely data. There is also need to generate reliable and robust statistical information that would serve as a guide at both design and implementation stage,’’ she said.
Abioye said the EU’s support to the NBS had been consistent in the provision of equipment and capacity building among others. According to her, the EU is supporting the bureau to generate administrative statistics in the MDAs.
“Administrative statistics is a key system of data production in any country in the world. We have the National Integrated Survey of Households, NISH, National Integrated Survey of Establishment, NISE, and the System of Administrative Statistics in Nigeria.
“But the System of Administrative Statistics is the least developed; we have been emphasizing more on NISE and NISH. So the national statistical system has now realised that in any country of the world, administrative statistics are required for development planning.
“About 80 or 90 per cent of data requirement for policy and programmes for development planning is the regime of administrative statistics,’’ the statistician said.
NAN reports that NBS is tasked with the responsibility of coordinating statistical operations of the National Statistical System in the production of official statistics in all federal MDAs, state statistical agencies and local governments. (NAN)

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