The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mallam Muhammad Bello and his Budget and National Planning Minister counterpart, Senator Udo Udoma, among other top government functionaries will open the Annual Conference of the Nigeria Statistical Association, (NSA), scheduled to hold in Abuja.
At a pre-event media chat on Tuesday in Abuja, the President of the NSA, Dr. Muhammed Tumala, explained that the theme of the conference ‘National Population Statistics and Sustainable Development’ was selected based on current global and national issues and how the use of statistics could help in mitigating the fiscal and other challenges being faced by the nation’s economy.
The forum, which is expected to be attended by top government functionaries in the country, representatives of the World Bank, professional statisticians from Africa and other relevant organizations would see experts, discuss elaborately on emerging trends in statistical data collection, processing and utilization in all areas of national development, and policy dialogue.
“On our part, we have made adequate preparations to ensure that all participants interact in a conducive and safe environment all through the deliberations. Given the topicality of the issues slated for discussions, we are very positive that the recommendations from it would be useful to the country in our collective efforts to build a globally standardized statistical database for Nigeria” he said.
He urged state governments and other relevant organizations to send their officials to the conference with a view to enabling them learn from the experiences of renowned experts in statistics development processes and by so doing, facilitate the creation of Bureaux of Statistics at the sub-national levels.