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The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) has put machinery in place to undertake a National Agriculture Sample Census in 2021.
The Bureau noted that the sample census would take place in early 2021, adding that it would drive its desire to support policymaking process and ensure accurate, timely and relevant data.
Speaking at the 2020 National Consultative Commitee in Nasarawa state, the Statistician General of the Federation/CEO, National Bureau of Statistics and chairman of the National Consultative Commitee on Statistics, Dr Yemi Kale stated that the Agriculture census would meet the needs of the moment.
“We initiated and deployed the Computer Assisted Telephone Interviewing (CATI) device, which was adopted to conduct important surveys such as the Labour Force Survey (LFS) under COVID-19 for the 2nd Quarter of 2020 and the various Nigeria Longitudinal Phone Survey (NLPS),” he said.
The Bureau also disclosed that it was working with various partners, we created and launched a new portal for disseminating COVID-related data to assist government and the public in tracking the spread and gauging its socio-economic effects on households.
” Equally noteworthy here is the National Business Sample Survey, a major undertaking that is long overdue (after 30 years) which seeks to provide necessary data to guide policymakers not only in setting sectoral policy, but will also inform the new Medium-Term National Development Plan (MTNDP) to succeed Vision 20:2020 and the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP). We also have plans to undertake the National Agriculture Sample Census in early 2021. All these points to our desire to rise to the occasion, to meet the needs of the moment, and support the policymaking process through accurate, timely and relevant data.”
The NBS applauded “the State Bureaux of Statistics (SBS) as well as Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) at the Federal and State levels, for their increasing efforts at sustaining sectoral statistical production. We have seen a remarkable increase in the quantity and quality of administrative data published at NBS, and this is attributable to the increased cooperation and support of several MDAs.
Dr. Kale added that, like the saying goes: “the reward for good work is more work”, so I am using this forum to once more challenge all of us to double our efforts at ensuring a rapidly improving system of administrative statistics continues to evolve, as it satisfies about 70-80% of our data requirements at the NBS and the NSS.”