NBS begins national economic census after 20 years

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National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) will begin a national economic census across the country from October 12.

Statistician-General of NBS, Yemi Kale, announced this at the Training of Trainers for the National Business Sample Census in Abuja yesterday, adding that the census would last for two months.

According to Kale, it had been more than 20 years that the exercise was conducted in Nigeria.

Explaining that the business census, also known as an economic census, was a statistical exercise that involved the enumeration of formal and informal business establishments across the country, he stated that during the process, commercial and industrial business operations in fixed locations would be listed with valuable information.

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“The information emanating from this census activity is primarily useful in understanding the nature and structure of the economy, as well as providing a sound business frame for the conduct of economic surveys in the country.

Conventionally, it is conducted every five years as recommended by the United Nations Statistical Commission. However, in Nigeria, the census has not been conducted for over two decades, mainly due to funding challenges,” he said.

Kale said that information to be collected during the exercise will include nature of economic activities of establishments, number of employees they engaged, their contact details, among other things.

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