The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) on Monday said it has recorded over 120 different statistical reports with over 1000 indicators in 2020 in spite of COVID-19 disruptions.
The Statistician-General of the Federation, Yemi Kale, disclosed this at the annual meeting of the National Consultative Committee on Statistics (NCCS) in Akwanga, Nasarawa state.
Kale explained that the NBS logged over 800,000 visits to its website and recorded over 170,000 downloads for the published reports.
He added that it was a testament that there was increased demand and appetite for data and the NBS was capable of meeting the demands in spite of the prevailing circumstances.
According to him, the bureau initiated and deployed the Computer Assisted Telephone Interviewing (CATI) device which was adopted to conduct important surveys.
The device was used to conduct the Labour Force Survey (LFS) under COVID-19 for the second quarter of 2020 and the various Nigeria Longitudinal Phone Survey (NLPS).
He explained further that the statistical system was compounded by restricted vehicular movements and limited face to face communication.
His speech read in part: “It also calls on us to be more adaptable, innovative and enterprising and more willing to explore beyond our comfort zones.
“More specifically, tackling these challenges require a better understanding of the emerging data ecosystem, the role of the statistical system in this changing data ecosystem as well as the need to have a robust and responsive system.
“This brings us to the need for continued investment in data and statistical production by the relevant stakeholders to ensure that our statistical institutions remain relevant, responsive and effective.”
According to him, in cases of public emergencies, the temptation to implement large scale interventions in a hurry, with little attention to data and statistics is always present.
On his part, the chairman of NBS Board, Kabiru Nakaura, noted that it was important for states to fund their statistics offices and motivate the workers appropriately.