States’ GDP computation report out soon, says Nigeria statistics bureau

The NBS said the report of the pilot project to compute state’s GDP will be published soon.

The National Bureau of Statistics, NBS, said on Wednesday that the report of the pilot project to compute the Gross Domestic Product, GDP, of the states of the federation would soon be published.

The Statistician General of the Federation, Yemi Kale, said at the Stakeholders’ Consultative Forum on the Production and Management of MDAs’ Sector Statistics in Abuja that the report may be released to the public as early as next month.

According to the statistician, the processes that would culminate in the finalization of the report are already going on, while the exercise, which was launched in Minna, Niger State about nine months ago, would be completed by the middle of the year.

Mr.. Kale, who spoke on various initiatives undertaken by the NBS to enhance the quality and timeliness of statistical data in the country, said the bureau had organised all sector ministries, departments and agencies, MDAs, and state statistical offices by assisting them develop their own databases, which are now linked to the central data centre located at the agency’s headquarters.

He said the bureau was also making efforts to harmonise the production of administrative statistics through the publication of the annual Compendium of Statistical Terms and the Statistical Year Book with the primary aim of gradually reducing the emphasis on surveys and increasing the role of administrative statistics as the principal means of generating statistics in the country.

He commended the role of the development partners working with Nigerian government through funding and other assistance to raise the National Statistical System, NSS, to global standards.

Despite the successes in the standardisation of the national statistical data, the SGF said challenges of low literacy level, lack of appreciation for record keeping and poor understanding of the benefits of data to the public must be resolved to move forward.

On the state of the GDP Computation project, Mr. Kale said at the moment, the field work and data gathering activity has been completed, while officers are currently analyzing the data gathered.

“A broad base of stakeholders has been involved in the exercise including the State Statistical Agencies, private sector, educational and training institutions and development partners. It is expected that the exercise will be completed by the middle of the year”, he said

The Country Director of the World Bank, Marie Francoise Marie-Nelly, said the Bank had been intervening in key sectors of the Nigerian economy, namely education, agriculture, water resources and infrastructure, adding that findings indicated that slow progress is being made by the country to improve the performances of the key sectors.

The United Nations Development Programme, UNDP, representative, Collen Zamba, said the programme has continued to support efforts by the NBS to improve statistical systems in the country, stressing the need for continued dialogue amongst stakeholders to ensure that statistical-based policy frameworks and implementation met the greatest needs in the poorest places.

She urged sector experts to have a strong, positive impact on the development of official statistics in the country in a way that Nigeria would continue to build on the achievements recorded so far in her effort to meet the MDGs targets, strengthen the national statistical systems and developing the human resources capacity for their more efficient management.

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