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NBS applauds improved use of official statistics

The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), on Tuesday in Abuja noted the increased interest in and use of official economic and social statistics across the country.

Quoting findings from the interim User Satisfaction Workshop survey, the Statistician General of the Federation, Dr Yemi Kale said the use of official statistics has improved from 78.1 to 90.91 per cent at present.

Kale, who was speaking at the two-day ‘End-Line National Statistical User Satisfaction Workshop,’ also noted the increased usage of official statistics for Economic and Social Information currently put at 97.1 per cent, from the 83.3 per cent pre-SRF project implementation level.

Kale, who was represented at the workshop by the Director, Households and Real Sector Surveys Department, George Oparaku, said the workshop is to measure whether some positive progresses were being made in the drive towards usage of statistical products reflected improvements.

He said the figures indicated that the SRF project was achieving the desired results and urged users to consistently support the implementation of the project by providing feedbacks on how to use ongoing projects to enhance the quality of the Nigerian Statistical System (NSS).

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“At the inception of the SRF project, in order to monitor its impact on the development of statistics, particularly in the affected agencies and states, it become necessary to establish some benchmarks that will serve as basis of comparison. To this end, a National User Satisfaction Baseline Survey Workshop was conducted at the beginning of the implementation of the project.