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HoS warns MDAs on use of unauthenticated statistical data


Sues for attitudinal change of workers

Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) in Imo State have been charge to desist from the warehousing and circulation of statistical date that are not authenticated by the State Bureau of Statistics (SBS).

Imo State Head of Service, Dr Chibuzor Iwuagwu, gave this warning on Tuesday when he paid a working visit to the state Bureau of Statistics (SBS) in Owerri.

This is as he called for the reorientation of the civil service to queue into the rebuild agenda of the present administration by living up to the demands of their jobs and responsibilities,

Addressing the staff of bureau during his visit, the Head of Service lamented the volume of unauthentic statistical data that are emanating from the state MDAs and being supplied to data users such as researchers, donor agencies and other world bodies.

Describing the situation as capable of jeopardizing the rebuild agenda of the state Governor, Rt .Hon Emeka Ihedioha CON the head of service warned that “ a situation where information is required from MDAs and is not forthcoming is not going to be acceptable. Governor Emeka  Ihedioha believes in data, and authentic figures. That is why we emphasizing data.”

“When data generated by MDAs is warehoused and authenticated by the SBS they help government to plan, attract donor agencies funding. If you have authenticated data, people and organizations will come for it and in a way this will contribute towards boosting state IGR’’ he noted

The head of service stated that he has been in the Bureau in the past, comparing that he saw then and what he is witnessing now, he expressed satisfaction with rebuilding and repositioning efforts of the new Director General, Enyinna Amadikwa is doing under the administration of his excellency RT Hon. Emeka Ihedioha focus on data and the rule of law.

He reminded the MDAs that by the provisions of Imo state statistical law 2010,’’the state Bureau of statistics is the only authorities source and custodian of statistics in the state, and responsible for the development and management of official statistics, coordination system, advising the state and local Governments on all matters related to the statistical development and promoting use of statistical system. “By the same law establishing the SBS, the agency is also responsible for collecting, compiling, analyzing interpreting, publishing and disseminating statistical information along or in collaboration with other agencies developing and maintain a comprehensive socio economic state Data bank, and filling all functions relating to statistics which the Government may require from time to time. The Head of Service also emphasized the need to reposition the state civil service and redirect the staff in order to queue into Rebuild Agenda of the present administration.’

The Civil service in the state has suffered a lot over the years and has lost core values and we hope that everybody will wake up according to the mandate of Governor Ihedioha he stated ‘He also noted, ‘the way forward is first of all the reorientation of the people who form the core of the staff, for them to know that it is no long business as usual .If you change yourself, you have changed that is inside you.’’ The civil servants have needed to know that they have come to work punctually, do their assignments and executes every job assigned to them. We are going away from a service where you come to an office and ask a civil servant what his schedule of duty and targets are and he starts to look at you. That era is goon, He noted Director General of SBS, Enyinna Amadikwa on behalf of the staff of SBS, thanked the HOS for visiting the bureau. The DG had earlier in his address enumerated the bureau’s efforts towards returning data to its pride of place in the formulation of state policies. He pointed out that institutions, national and local NGOs researchers and those conducting surveys in the state since 2010 who has not been complying to the state statistical law No 8 section 26A and 26B might have been doing so illegally. The DG explained that failures of entities conspiring with MDAs to harvest data from state without appropriateness’ of methodology checked and approval given by SBS might have been causing the state N1B per annually in the last 9 years. He said SBS has made some efforts to identify 22 data heads and 132 subheads that that could be used to curtail budget hemorrhages; designing the bureau’s IGR structure  that could increase state IGR by about N1 billion per annun.






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