Nigeria, UNICEF launch survey on women, children

FILE PHOTO: Women who had turned up for the food aid in Shuwa thanking the Bishop as he left.
FILE PHOTO: Women who had turned up for the food aid in Shuwa thanking the Bishop as he left.

Nigeria’s National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) on Monday unveiled a national survey to collate statistics to help monitor and appraise social indicators progress by women and children under the sustainable development goals (SDGs).

The 2030 SDG agenda comprise 17 new global goals, bordering on environmental, social, and economic issues.

The goals replaced the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which rallied the world to pursue global agenda to tackle the indignity of poverty and hunger, prevent deadly but treatable disease, and expand educational opportunities to all children.

The Statistician General of the Federation, Yemi Kale, said the 5th multiple indicators cluster survey (MICS 5) would be conducted in conjunction with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) within the next three weeks till December 16, 2016.

Mr. Kale, who was represented by the NBS Director, Real Sector & Statistics, Isiaka Olarewaju, said the survey, which was first conducted in 1985, has been a source for various data used for government planning, policy formulation and programmes implementation.

“Nigerian is one of the countries to participate in the survey for more than four times,” Mr. Kale said. “The survey would produce indicators to monitor the progress of children and women, including the realization of various indicators used in monitoring and evaluation of sustainable development goals (SDGs) and MDGs.

“Data from the survey would include indicators across all aspects of social life, to monitor the progress on children’s mortality rate, women education, health, development, nutritional status of children used for proper implementation of children development programmes in the country.

Apart from the data representing the baseline for SDGs, Mr. Kale said it would subsequently be used to monitor progress in other social issues concerning women, like female genital mutilation (FGM) and poverty.

The UNICEF’s Chief Planning, Monitoring & Evaluation and Field Coordination, Denis Jobin, said the organization has been supporting Nigeria to develop and generate data on children and women development, education, nutrition, health, water and sanitation.

Mr. Jobin said the survey, which would also test the quality of water in all the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), would be the first to be conducted at the state level to generate statistics at the senatorial level in the country’s largest populated states of Lagos and Kano.

The outcome of the survey, which would cover the result of the intervention on the MDGs in 2015, Mr. Jobin said, would help government in its policies and programmes implementation.

He said the outcomes would also assist the World Bank, UNICEF and other international agencies in monitoring the country’s level of poverty; provide up to date data and information on the condition of children and women in Nigeria.

Besides, Mr. Kale said the data would help strengthen national statistical capacity, by focusing on data gathering and quality of survey information, statistical tracking and analysis and ensuring effective data monitoring system in the country.

Apart from providing statistics to assess the quality of data from other national surveys, the Statistician General said the survey outcome would strengthen technical expertise in the design, implementation and analysis of statistical systems, and provide data required to report progress towards SDGs agenda and target setting for children on Vision 20:2020.

Mr. Kale urged Nigerians who would be providing information during the survey to cooperate with the data collectors, who have been trained to adopt the modern method of computer-assisted initiative and personal interview.

“Training has been conducted for data collectors; standardize data collectors have been tested and approved to ensure acceptable quality of data. In the past, the old system of paper questionnaire was being used for data collection. The survey and data collection would last for three months, starting this month to December,” he said.

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