The Statistician-General of the Federation, Dr. Yemi Kale, has opined that the lack of a sound statistical system will act as a clog in the wheel of progress, in terms of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Nigeria.
This is according to a report by the News Agency of Nigeria.
Dr. Kale revealed this during a high-level dialogue on “Data bond and supply responsibility framework for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the sub-national level.”
Representing Dr. Kale was Mr. Adeyemi Adeniran, Director, Real Sector and Household Statistics, who opined that a sound statistical system would help in producing timely and reliable data for the government to plan and design its programmes.
Why this matters
In this era, statistics and information technology makes planning much easier, right from the sub-national level to the national level. Therefore, to achieve the SDGs, just like every other goal, the place of accurate and timely data cannot be ruled out.
Kale further charged all producers of statistics at both the national and sub-national levels to embrace the spirit of collaboration and cooperation in statistics production.
What they are saying
Dr Kale said: “Nigerian government at all levels require robust and reliable statistics to enable them effectively design programmes towards the implementation of the SDGs and monitor progress made in achieving the desired goals and targets.
“At this point, the initiative of the SDGs Data Bond and Supply Responsibility Framework is a welcome development.”