The Chairman of National Population Commission, Hon. Nasir Isa Kwarra has called for strong partnership between National Population Commission and National Bureau of Statistics on provision of reliable and accurate data for development planning.
Hon. Nasir Isa Kwarra stated this when he received the Statistician-General of National Bureau of Statistics, Dr. Simon Barsha Harry in his office at the Commission’s headquarters, Abuja. He stressed the need and willingness of the Commission to work in synergy with the Bureau in the pursuit of its mandate. “We have come a long way. I believe any perceived gap between the two organizations was in the past and must be closed for harmonious and successful collaboration. We will not fail to work with your agency in providing data for the country.” Kwarra said.
NPC Chairman further stated that the Commission is ready to strengthen its collaboration with National Bureau of Statistics and by working together we can provide our dear country crucial data needed for national planning and development. “It is my hope that this visit will strengthen the beginning of a mutually beneficial relationship between the two Agencies. We conduct specialized surveys and provide data for use by end-users. The Commission conducts census for the whole country and we can collaborate on so many areas on capacity building and sharing of data to enhance the development of data for national planning. We can bridge our areas of differences if only we strengthen our collaboration.”
Hon. Kwarra disclosed that the digital maps made available to NBS are of high digital standard that will be very helpful in all their surveys. “The derivable from the Enumeration Area Demarcation includes the national sample frame which is created for the country. We also produce from EAD up-to-date list of households, buildings, socio-economic infrastructural facilities and their geo-referenced distribution across localities, wards, LGAs and States. The information from these outputs is useful for development planning and efficient distribution of infrastructural facilities and provision of socio-economic services.” he said.
However, Kwarra observed the need to update the list of the technical team of the existing joint committee of the two agencies as well as to participate in the forthcoming retreat being organized by NBS.
Earlier, the Statistician-General, Dr. Simon B. Harry expressed concern at conflict of data emanating from the two agencies while emphasizing the need to partner with the Commission for accurate data provision. “We need to work closely and pursue our mandates in the interest of Nigeria, to enhance the quality of data emanating from the two organizations for people to have confidence in our data. We conduct similar surveys that confuse the users, Multi Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) and Nigeria Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS). It is a thing of concern and we should go into arrangement to work together” he said.
According to Dr. Harry, it is necessary to close the gap existing between the two agencies. He, however, assured of the Bureau’s continued partnership with the Commission.
The SG of NBS stressed that the visit is part of his advocacy drive to create synergy and strengthen technical capacity of both agencies. He urged the Commission to be part of the retreat to unveil road map for statistics to align with development plan being organized by the Bureau. Dr. Harry stated that NBS is warehousing National Data Center in Nigeria and therefore, needs to partner with the Commission for sustainable development.