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NBS begins Phase 3 of National Strategy for Development Statistics

The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) has begun data gathering for the production of the National Strategy for the Development of Statistics (NSDS) Phase III for 2024–2028.

The outcome, according to NBS, would not just be data-driven but inclusive, forward-thinking, and relevant to the needs of all states in the federation.

Presenting a keynote address on Monday at the Southern Stakeholders’ Engagement Workshop held in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, the Statistician General of the Federation, Prince Adeyemi Adeniran, noted that the process of developing the new document, unlike the previous ones, would involve stakeholder consultations and inclusions and would capture vulnerable and physically challenged persons.

Adeniran explained that the new statistics would guide the government in policy formulation, resource allocation, and progress evaluation. He noted that NBS has since September 2023 begun the process of data gathering through stakeholder engagement in all the northern states and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

According to him: “Our collective purpose today is to embark on a transformative journey to draft the third phase of the NSDS. This strategy will not only emphasise data production and dissemination but also focus on policy application for maximum impact in this rapidly evolving digital landscape. In this era where data is paramount, we must chart a course that shapes the future we envision for Nigeria.”

He also enumerated five cardinal principles that must be present in crafting the new strategy, which include inclusivity, quality and accuracy, innovation and technology, capacity building, as well as partnership and collaboration.

“We must ensure that the statistical system caters to the needs of all segments of our society, leaving no one behind. This means addressing data gaps related to marginalised groups, regions, and sectors, including issues related to gender, persons with disabilities, and those at the local government level, most especially. This principle aligns very well with the global sustainable development agenda, which aims to leave no one behind,” he added.

Declaring the event open, Akwa Ibom State Governor, Pastor Umo Eno, commended Adeniran for his giant stride to modernise not only the national but also the state statistical system to enable the production of official statistics that all stakeholders would rely on for their respective programmes and projects.

Governor Eno, represented by the Commissioner for Economic Development, Emem Bob, said the selection of the state to host the South-South zone of the workshop aligns with ongoing efforts to establish a modernised Akwa Ibom State Bureau of Statistics.

He urged the participants to contribute diligently to the new NSDS to address gaps and challenges hindering the production of unified data that accurately reflects current emerging realities in the country.

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