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Strengthening Nigeria’s Data Backbone: NBS’s Quest for Enhanced Credibility

by Oluwatosin Racheal Alabi

The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) is working tirelessly to enhance Nigeria’s statistical system, facing challenges of data integrity and political interference, as reported by Ameh Ochojila. The bureau is under pressure to adopt transparent methods to boost credibility and stakeholder trust.

At a recent workshop in Uyo, Akwa Ibom, the Statistician-General of the Federation, Mr. Adeyemi Adeniran, emphasized the importance of developing a robust National Strategy for the Development of Statistics (NSDS). Adeniran described statistics as the “silent language of governance,” vital for informed decision-making and societal progress.

The NBS’s commitment to excellence in data collection, analysis, and dissemination is evident. Adeniran highlighted the need for sound methodologies and robust data sources to ensure data quality and maintain user trust.

However, recent changes in unemployment data methodology have sparked debate. The NBS now considers anyone working for an hour or more per week as employed, a shift from the previous 20-hour benchmark. This change has led to questions about the accuracy and motivation behind the bureau’s statistics.

Former Statistician-General, Dr. Yemi Kale, criticized this new approach, arguing that it contradicts Nigeria’s operational system. He resisted similar changes during his tenure, citing concerns about the reliability of such data.

Stakeholders are calling for legal reforms to protect the NBS’s independence and ensure statistical integrity. This includes modernizing the statistical system to align with international standards and addressing the concerns surrounding data manipulation.

Lawyers and experts suggest amendments to the Statistics Act of 2007, proposing stiffer penalties for statistical fraud and enhanced autonomy for the NBS. They argue that such measures are crucial for credible data collection and dissemination.

The National Assembly has shown interest in amending the law governing the NBS. Legislators are committed to removing obstacles hindering the bureau’s effective operation, recognizing the importance of accurate statistics for policy formulation and national development.

As Nigeria moves forward, the role of the NBS in providing reliable data is more critical than ever. Ensuring the bureau’s independence and credibility will be key to the nation’s progress and development.

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