The Minister of Budget and National Planning, Sen. Udoma Udo Udoma, at the weekend called on the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) to evolve new and improved methods of producing quality data for the development of the country.
“Let me tell you why the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) is important to the Ministry of Budget and National Planning and indeed to the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari. Reason is this: in order to get Nigeria out of the economic situation we inherited, we need to plan. In order to plan, we need statistics. So, statistics are very important.
“You cannot plan without accurate statistics and that is why we support accurate statistics and that is why we support the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) to produce accurate statistics on which we can plan. After planning, you have to implement,” the minister said while delivering a keynote address at the grand finale of the African Statistics Day in Abuja.
He stressed the importance of accurate data to effective planning and implementation of government programmes.
“You cannot know what you are implementing unless you can assess it; in order to assess it, you need to measure it; and the measurement is what the NBS does for us. So, in planning we need them, in implementation we need them, because we need the statistics on the basis of which to assess our performance and determine how far we are going. That is why it was important”.
He described the 2016 celebration with the theme: “Strengthening economic statistics for regional integration, structural transformation and sustainable development”, as in line with an aspect of the vision of the present government, which is devoted to raising awareness on the importance of reliable statistical production processes and usage for evidence-based policy decisions.