NIGERIA Bureau of Statistics (NBS), Anambra office, Awka has published 2017 year book.
Speaking during the occasion, the chairman of the occasion, the former Anambra State Statistician General, Innocent Izuchukwu urged statisticians to always gather correct information to avoid misleading the public and advised agencies to make their data available for early publication.
Continuing, Izuchukwu thanked all the agencies, including the Nigerian Prison Service, the Nigerian Police, Fire Service, National Population, Road Safety Corp, International Organisations, amongst others who contributed towards the actualisation of the 2017 statistical year Book’s Dissemination.
Speaking in his welcome address, AG. Statistician General, Emeka Paul Obiekezie thanked Governor Willie Obiano, for giving the state bureau the mandate to produce Anambra State Statistical Year Book through the collection of data and publishing it for policy decision and making it available for public consumption.
Mr Emeka equally appreciated the Commissioner for Economic Planning, Budgets and Development Partners, Mark Okoye, for his vital role to aid the bureau adhere to international best practices, and thanked various Ministries, Departments Agencies and local government authorities in their collaborations with the bureau to make the statistical year book a success. He urged all to make the best use of data for the growth and development of Anambra citizens and Nigeria at large.
Contributing, Head of Department, Vital Registration, National Population, Awka, Oguejiofor Joseph, commended the Bureau for their efforts in publishing the statistical year book but observed that people do shy away from registering their deaths and births, noting that they do that only when there is need. Oguejiofor suggested that there should be a law to force people register their death.
Deputy Route Commander, Staff Officer to Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corp, Kingsley C. Iloduba gave kudos to the Bureau for a work well done, pointing out that data should not be released without proper review, since data is important to every state.
While Head of Partnership, Coordination Department Ministry of Economic Planning, Budget and Development, Ebere Aghaji, urged statisticians to go to the right source to collect data and pleaded that statisticians who collect data should be mobilized to do their work properly.
Others who contributed during the occasion include; Mike Enejere from State C.I.D, Awka, Ngene Clement, Judge Ede from Nigerian prisons Service, Awka, amongst others.
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